In times of serious boating emergencies, the ability to summon help quickly can make the difference between life and death. Carry on board a VHF marine radio, visual distress signals, and a mobile phone. VHF marine radios have channels that are reserved for distress calls and are monitored continuously by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). To issue a
MAYDAY call on
Channel 16 of your VHF radio.
It is recommended that you have and know how to use visual
distress signals. Carry extras. Always respond
immediately to other boaters displaying a distress signal.
If you own a mobile phone, include it as part of your standard boating gear. Keep a list of appropriate phone numbers on board.
If you operate far from shore, consider carrying an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).