15 January 2006

Freeview box sparks air-sea rescue mission

A faulty Freeview receiver in Portsmouth somehow managed to broadcast a distress signal resulting in a £20,000 helicopter air-sea rescue mission. After a few hours the rescue team traced the "distress call" to someone's house on dry land. The box has been taken from its owner for tests by communications regulator Ofcom. Amazingly, the rogue signal was detected from RAF Kinross in Scotland who then alerted the rescue team in Hampshire.