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It’s one of those stories that we were reluctant to run, given that it might just give oxygen to the eejits behind a series of what appear to be hoax calls to the local Irish Coast Guards.

Since November, Greystones has joined Wicklow and Bray branches on five emergency calls along our coastline that turned out to turn up any actual emergency.

On December 23rd at 10pm, for example, Greystones and Wicklow units were called out to find a reported fall on The Cliff Walk, but a thorough search alongside Bray Fire Service, Bray Gardaí, NAS Paramedics, Rescue 116 and Dun Laoghaoire Lifeboat failed to find anyone. It was after midnight before the search was called off.

For Dermot MacAuley, office in charge of Greystones & Wicklow Coast Guard, these hoax calls are “tying up a huge amount of time and a huge amount of resources. It also put the rescue services in danger, because we get called out in all sorts of weather and they don’t seem to mind when they have the hoax“.

The recent hoax calls have been traced to Bray, with a different number used each time, each number disabled soon after the initial call. “We reckon it’s more than one person,” says MacAuley. “Two or three people, including a girl, and they sound sincere on the phone.”

If you have any information about these assholes, contact Bray Garda Station on 016665300 or the Garda Confidential line 1800666111.

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