Print this form and
complete steps 5, 7, 12, 13 of this form now. Show the form to all members
of your crew and instruct them on its location and use. Placing this Mayday
Form into a plastic sleeve and keeping it near your vessel's radios could
help in an emergency.
It is vital to establish radio contact
with the Coast Guard, a shore based station, or another vessel as soon
as you determine that an emergency situation exists. Delaying a distress
call because of panic, pride or indecisiveness can turn a near miss into
- Check to be sure
your radio power switch is turned on.
- Select channel
16 on VHF-FM or 2182 kHz on SSB.
- Transmit radio
alarm signal (if available) for approximately one minute prior to voice
- Depress microphone
key, speak clearly and slowly.
- Say: "MAYDAY,
MAYDAY, MAYDAY, THIS IS
(vessel name)_______________________, (vessel name)_______________________,
(vessel name)_______________________, (call sign)__________________
microphone key, briefly listen for an acknowledgment. If there is no
response repeat step 5 one or tow more times before proceeding to step
"MAYDAY (vessel name)____________________________.
YOUR POSITION, DIRECTION AND SPEED OF TRAVEL. Use LORAN-C coordinates,
longitude-latitude, range and bearing from known points.
THE NATURE OF YOUR EMERGENCY.
NUMBER OF PERSONS ONBOARD AND EXTENT OF ANY INJURIES.
PRESENT SEAWORTHINESS AND IMMINENCE OF DANGER.
Length:_________ Type of Vessel:______________________________________
Color of hull and trim: ________________________________________________
distress message by saying:
"THIS IS (vessel name)_______________________, (call sign)___________________.
a 2-way communication has been established, additional information regarding
on-scene weather, availability of lifesaving and survival equipment,
etc. should be reported. If no contact has been established, repeat
all of the above steps as often as your situation permits. Transmit
your distress call on other available frequencies.
visual signals such as flags, flares, lights and smoke as well as audible
signals such as your horn, whistle or megaphone to assist rescue units
in locating your vessel. Maintain radio watch on the designated emergency