Man, even the televisions are getting smarter now.
A faulty TV digital box sparked a rescue mission from RAF Kinloss by sending out a signal identical to those transmitted by vessels in distress.
The Kinloss site in Moray, which co-ordinates rescue operations across the UK, detected an “SOS” call from the Portsmouth area on 5 January.
A coastguard helicopter spent two hours searching the harbour area before the signal was traced to dry land.
An RAF spokesman said the signal had been a “complete freak”.
Telecoms regulator Ofcom was asked to look into the signal and confirmed the source.
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