1. Select Distress channels: 16 VHF-FM (156.80 MHz) or 2182 kHz
THE (vessel name) (vessel name) (vessel name) OVER.”
Next, monitor channel for acknowledgment. If no response, repeat distress call.
If the Coast Guard or another vessel responds, say: “MAYDAY, THIS IS THE (vessel name/call sign)
State your location twice (latitude and longitude, Loran, or range and bearing from known point, etc.)
State the nature of distress, the kind of assistance desired, number of people on board, if any injuries were sustained, and the condition of the vessel.
Briefly describe vessel: Length, Type/Service, Color, etc.
Briefly describe type and amount of lifesaving equipment: Survival Craft, PFDs, EPIRB.
Say: “I WILL BE LISTENING ON CHANNEL ______________.”
If situation permits, stand by the radio for further communication with the Coast Guard or another vessel.
End by saying: “THIS IS THE (vessel name), OVER.”
2. Call 911
3. Distress Signals
Give the following information:
For more detailed information on emergency situation protocol and the laws concerning them, please download and print out the following information proved by the U.S. Coast Guard to store on your vessel:
And remember, wear your life jackets, don’t drink and boat, and keep a sharp eye out for debris in the water.
Have Fun! Be Safe!