To issue a MAYDAY call on Channel 16 of your VHF radio:
- Transmit “MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY.”
- Say “This is (name of boat three times, call letters once).”
- Repeat once more “MAYDAY” and your vessel’s name.
- Report your location.
- Report the nature of your emergency.
- Report the kind of assistance needed.
- Report the number of people on board and condition of any injured.
- Describe the vessel and its seaworthiness.
- Wait for a response. If there is none, repeat the message.