NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Be careful what you text — even to friends.
A New Jersey man said he was just playing an innocent joke, but the police said not so fast.
Bill Miller, of Keyport, New Jersey said it is no joke that he was arrested near his bright yellow catamaran on the shore on the Raritan Bay.
“My boat was never off the beach, I was in my house with my cell phone at my waist,” Miller told CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis.
That’s when police said he took one joke too far.
Wednesday afternoon, he playfully texted a friend “I am flipped over in the middle of the bay…I don’t know what to do??”
“She took it seriously I guess and, uh…she had already contacted the authorities — 911,” Miller said.
Keyport police weren’t laughing. That text triggered an emergency response in the middle of a storm that included bad weather, dangerous lightning, trees and power lines down.