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VHF Distress Call - MAYDAY

mayday vhf voice calling - distress

learn - test - check



When?

Grave and Imminent Danger..

If you have a DSC enabled marine radio - see 'how to' tutorial on using the 'red button' before making the voice call

How?

Select channel 16

Mayday Distress call (initial shout for 'Help':

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

This is _____________________

Callsign: ___________________

MMSI: _____________________

Mayday Distress Message:

M

Mayday

I know you've said it before in the initial distress call, but definitely say it again..


I

This is:________________

Vessel Name, Callsign, MMSI (if you have one)


P

My Position is:___________________

Latitude & Longitude OR bearing & distance from a charted object / place


D

Distress:____________________

Briefly explain what's wrong i.e. sinking, fire, aground  etc


A

Assistance:__________________

What do you need? i.e. Evacuation, Tow etc - how much time i.e. request immediate assistance


N

Number:____________________

How many people are onboard? 


I

Information:_______________

What else do people need to know? Particularly that which may help with the rescue..


0

Over:

OVER is an invitation for someone to reply.


Example Mayday Voice Call:

  • Mayday Mayday Mayday
  • This is RIB Erebus, Erebus, Erebus
  • Callsign Three Romeo Delta Charlie
  • MMSI: 232099802
  • Mayday
  • RIB Erebus
  • My Position Is: Five Zero Degrees Two Three Decimal Four Two North, Three Degrees Four Five Decimal Four Six West
  • We have a Fire onboard
  • Require Immediate assistance
  • Four persons onboard
  • Evacuating to liferaft
  • Over

learn the phonetic alphabet

Click HERE for the Phonetic Alphabet Tutorial



test yourself:

Download
Mayday Distress Call Scenario Test.pdf
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check yourself:

Download
Mayday Distress Call Scenario Test Check
Adobe Acrobat Document 96.0 KB


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RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio Online Course

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