12/30/2011 11:54 EST | Updated 02/29/2012 05:12 EST

Teen's fake 911 call ties up RCMP for 6 hours

A southern New Brunswick teenager led the RCMP to spend nearly six hours searching for him after a false call to 911.

The RCMP said a teenager called 911 at 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 29, saying he was wounded in a camp.

“The youth was very agitated and told 911 personnel that he had injured himself while cutting wood and was not able to give clear directions on his location,” the RCMP said in a statement.

Following the call, staff from the Saint John Police, the provincial government’s Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement Unit and the Saint John Fire Department were dispatched to find the teen.

Emergency personnel were able to track down the teen shortly after 10 a.m. by using GPS coordinates and satellite imaging.

The boy was in a camp off of West Beach Road in Mispec. The teen was not injured.

The RCMP contacted the teen’s parents and “dealt with in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act for making a false 911 call.”

The RCMP statement said minor complaints tie up essential resources unnecessarily.