NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Community service for Shetland hoax caller

David Williamson
Image caption David Williamson admitted the hoax call when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court

A Shetland man who sparked a major air, land and sea search with a hoax call has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service.

David Williamson, 19, from Whalsay, had been drinking when he used a radio on a boat to broadcast a mayday message claiming someone had fallen overboard.

A coastguard helicopter, lifeboat and local rescue teams were all scrambled at a cost of almost £13,000.

Williamson will also carry out voluntary RNLI work and pay money back.

Williamson admitted the hoax call, which happened in October last year, at Lerwick Sheriff Court.

He had been drinking for 12 hours when he committed the offence.

At a previous hearing he had been warned he could face prison.

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