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Calling for Help

In case of emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Detailed instructions on what to say or do when reporting an emergency can be found below:

Calling for help using a VHF Radio Calling for help using a telephone

DSC Radio

If the boat or a person is in grave and imminent danger and imminent assistance is required.

Always ensure that your DSC radio has your current position enetered into it.
Note that this may be done automatically if your radio is interfaced with a GPS set.

Option 1(sends an undesignated distress signal)

  • Lift the cover on the red SOS button and press the button for at least 5 seconds.
  • Wait 15 seconds and send a Mayday using voice as laid out on the attached card.

Option 2 (sends a designated distress signal)

  • Lift the cover of the red SOS button and press the button momentarily.
  • Follow the menu instructions and select the type of emergency.
  • Lift the cover on the red SOS button and press the button for at least 5 seconds.
  • Wait 15 seconds and send a Mayday using voice as laid out on the attached card.

As DSC radio sets vary in the way they are set up and used, always ensure that you have studied the manual carefully. The radio will not operate correctly unless you have correctly programmed youtr MMSI number.

VHF RADIO PROCEDURES

If the boat or a person is in grave and imminent danger and imminent assistance is required.

  • Check that your radio is switched on and hight power setting is selected.
  • Select Channel 16.
  • Press the transmit button, and say slowly and clearly:
  • Mayday, Mayday, Mayday
  • This is ... (repeat the name of your boat 3 times)
  • Mayday, This is ... (name of your boat seid once)
  • My position is ... (use latitude and longitude, or a true bearing and distance from a known point.
    ... If you don't know, don't guess.
  • I am ... (sinking, on fire, etc.)
  • I require immediate assistance
  • I have ... (number of people on board and any other useful information - drifting, flare fired, etc.)
  • Over - this means please reply
  • Now release the submit button and listen for a reply
  • Keep listening on Channel 16 for instructions
  • If you hear nothing then repeat the distress call.

Dial 112 or 999

Ask for Coast Guard.

The operator will ask you a number of questions which you should answer as clearly as possible.

The sorts of questions they are likely to ask are:

  • Exact location of incident or people whe need assistance. This may include noticeable landmarks or other features
  • Your telephone number
  • Details on the incident itself, the number of people involved, nature of incident, type of injuries, etc.

If you wish to download a copy of this guide for reference please see the attached file below.

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