- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it responded to a distress signal in Mount Hope Bay in Rhode Island that turned out to be a false alarm.

The agency says it received a transmission at about 12:40 p.m. Sunday from an EPIRB indicating a boat was in distress. An EPIRB transmits distress signals in the event of an emergency.

The Coast Guard launched crews to locate what it believed was a vessel in distress.

The agency determined about two hours later that the signal was coming from an improperly disposed of EPIRB.

Lt. John Mansolillo said in a statement that batteries must be removed from an EPIRB when it’s no longer in use. He says EPIRB registrations must be updated every two years and also when transferred to a new owner.

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