Thursday 25 May 2017

Dublin Coastguard records more than 15 prank calls from 'schoolchildren' in less than 9 hours

Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture
Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture

Martin Grant

Emergency services across the country are reporting a huge number of prank calls this evening – as schoolchildren enjoy the final days of the Easter break.

Coastguards nationwide told Independent.ie they are experiencing a large volume of hoax calls from children.

Dublin Coastguard has reported more than 15 prank calls since lunchtime today, while the crew at Malin Head in Co Donegal have received more than 10.

It is understood the majority of the calls come from children who are currently off school for the Easter holidays.

A spokesman for Dublin Coastguard said crews usually experience an increase in prank calls during school holidays – although today’s hoax calls have been disruptive.

“Kids take the sim card out of the phone and they know they can still make calls to the emergency services,” the spokesman told Independent.ie

“We are able to tell the location where they are making the call.”

Meanwhile, kids in Malin Head have been using public phones to make prank calls to the country’s vital emergency services.

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