In 1999, the district suspended (exhausted all means utilizing either communications or Coast Guard assets) 131 calls where the word "mayday" was heard. In 2000, the number jumped to 227, according to district statistics. In these cases, no one was found. As of Nov. 2001, 192 cases were suspended. Only 23 were confirmed as a false alarm, non-distress or actual distress. With new equipment and technology, the Coast Guard may be able to discern between what is a real distress call or a hoax.