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Boaters marine Supply added a topic in Boating and Fishing DiscussionWhen MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY is your last resort!When MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY is your last resort, by Capt. Rick
STAY CALM! In the event of a calamity such as: a sinking vessel, fire, explosion, life threatening injury, man overboard, hijacking, etc., it’s CRITICAL to remain as calm as possible and keep a level head. Yours, your crew, and occupants, depend on it! Following the proper steps will greatly increase your chances of survival. It’s also critical that you visit your marine store or marine supply and purchase the correct marine electronics like a good VHF radio, life jackets, flares, and all the other supplies needed in an emergency. Some survival equipment in a ditch bag could even consist of fishing equipment.
Knowing, practicing, and rehearsing emergency steps, having the correct boat accessories, and boat equipment in advance of emergencies, will greatly increase your success for survival in a real calamity. Numerous studies have proven that most humans don’t function well under extreme stress situations. We suffer from what is referred to as “Brain Freeze.” Literally!, during extreme life and death situations, the amygdala (in the frontal cortex of the brain) shuts down. This limits judgment and reasoning capabilities and only allows us to do easy and well-rehearsed actions.
Before sending a “MAYDAY” distress call evaluate your situation. Understand that making a Mayday call should only be done if you are in a serious life threatening or extreme distress situation where there is an immediate or imminent threat to life or loss of property.
Don’t send a Mayday: If a person becomes ill and it’s not life threatening, or your mast breaks, send a Pan-Pan call instead. Preparing in advance with the correct marine supplies can help to make these types of issues less severe.
TUNE YOUR VHF RADIO TO THE EMERGENCY CHANNEL SIXTEEN (16) or to Frequencies 161.400 or 156.800 MHz; marine MF/SSB on 2182 kHz (channels monitored by the Coast Guard and rescue authorities). When on your boat the VHF radio should always be turned on and tuned to channel 16. Your Mayday call takes precedence over any other traffic on the channel.
Push the red "DSC" button (Digital Select Calling) on your radio if there is one. Newer radios have this. If connected to a GPS the “DSC” button will activate the transmitter to send your GPS coordinates to the Coast Guard along with a Mayday beacon. Older radios don’t have the “DSC” button. If the radio is not connected to a GPS unit, it can’t transmit coordinates (although the Mayday beacon will still go through on newer units with “DSC”). It’s always a good idea to manually make a Mayday call because you will need to give needed information like: what the situation is, the urgency, how many people on board, whether you are abandoning to life rafts, if you’re wearing life jackets, etc.
LISTEN to make sure your message was received. That no other chatter blocked your transmission. It’s absolutely OK to cut off non-emergency chatter when you’re in an emergency situation. The others on the channel may be able to assist. If you don't have time to consider this, just get on with sending out your distress signal and take the necessary steps to try and safeguard your vessel and occupants. Force yourself to stay calm!
Mayday is always stated three times “MAYDAY…MAYDAY…MAYDAY” so it’s certain to be heard and to distinguish it from radio chatter and talk related to a Mayday call.
Your Mayday call should sound like this and include:
2. “This is (your name) on the (vessel) say name 3 x’s)
3. If you know your VHF radio Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number provide it.
4. Release the microphone for just a moment to see if the channel is clear. Press the mic again.
5. Say “Mayday vessel ["vessel name"] is located [current position, speed and bearing]. (For example, Position 54 25 North 016 33 West, drifting at one knot with a bearing of 228 degrees).
6. We are a [sailboat, motorboat, etc.] experiencing [emergency situation] and are in need of immediate assistance.
7. There are [number of people on board] with [injuries/other additional information]. Boat type, Length, color, as well as if you intent to deploy life boats, abandon ship, have EPIRBS activated, donned survival suits, life jackets, deploying fire extinguishers, etc.
8. (name of vessel) (Say “Break” or “Over”) so they know your finished transmitting. LET GO OF THE TRANSMIT BUTTON! and LISTEN.
If no response after 15 seconds, repeat the call again.
If you don't have all of the above information, it's okay. Give what you do have! Most important is the call: MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY, your location, what’s happening, the urgency, and what actions your taking.
While waiting, prepare flares, life rafts, life jackets, gather emergency supplies, give orders to others to prepare, etc. Stay calm and set an example for everyone else to follow.
If you still have no reply and don't have to leave your boat yet, listen on other channels and break in with your distress call. It may be that your transmitter is too weak, so ask other vessels to transmit your distress call to shore. This is not unusual and happens.
In the event that you need to abandon the vessel after making a Mayday call, inform authorities of what you're doing “Mayday vessel (name of vessel) is taking to lifeboat/deploying life raft" etc.
Don’t forget to take your ditch bag (Handheld VHF radios, Flares, EPIRBS, Survival Gear, Food, Water, etc.).
If you're able to maintain radio contact, follow all the radio operator's instructions. They are trained professionals and it is their job to help you. Stand by the radio for as long as possible. A second vessel may find itself having to relay the Mayday signal on behalf of the distressed vessel. If you find yourself in this situation, here is what to do:
1. Relay the call if it's clear the Coast Guard hasn't yet responded
2. Listen to the radio frequency. If it is clear that the Coast Guard or other sea rescue agency has not responded after a single repetition and a two minute wait, you must seek to contact the Coast Guard or other sea rescue agency on behalf of the distressed vessel.
3. Say: Mayday relay, Mayday relay, Mayday relay. This is the ["your vessel and call sign"]. The following distress call was received from ["distressed vessel's name"]. The reported position of the ["distressed vessel's name"] is ["their reported position"]. Over.
For an incident of lesser gravity but where your vessel is still in a difficult situation, such as mechanical breakdown, broken masts, or a non-life threatening medical problem affecting a crew member, etc., use the pan-pan call instead of the Mayday call.
1. Say "Pan Pan, Pan Pan, Pan Pan."
2. Provide your vessel's name and call sign.
3. State your position. Give the nature of the problem (for example, "Engines have ceased to work", "mast has snapped, storm coming", "barrels/debris floating just below the water", etc.)
4. State intended action. Over.
Capt. Rick is the owner of http://www.BoatersMarineSupply.com (an ecommerce, boat Equipment, boat supplies, marine electronics, etailer) and specializes Maritime Safety, has published numerous articles related to seamanship and safety. Capt. Rick can be contacted at: ContactUs@BoatersMarineSupply.com.
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