A dramatic radio account of an imaginary collision at sea--which sent the Mission Bay Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard rushing into action--has landed an El Cajon man in jail.
Robert Kip McComb, 21, was arrested late Wednesday night aboard a boat in Mission Bay, two frustrating hours after the Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard sought in a dense fog to locate the victims of a collision that never happened.
The Harbor Patrol, six lifeguards, a Coast Guard helicopter, a fire engine and a paramedic unit were all pressed into action after the broadcast told of a collision off the entrance to Mission Bay and of hapless victims adrift at sea, Harbor Patrol Sgt. Charles Wright said.
McComb reportedly made up the account of the collision as the result of a bet with a friend. He began the broadcast about 8:40 p.m. over the radio of a 16-foot fishing boat, Wright said.