The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have today [4 July 2018] joined forces to reveal RYA SafeTrx as HM Coastguard's new official voluntary safety identification scheme.
RYA SafeTrx: designed to improve safety at sea
The world-leading RYA SafeTrx app is designed to improve safety at sea and potentially cut vital minutes off the time taken to pinpoint a casualty’s location. It monitors your boat journeys and alerts designated emergency contacts should you fail to arrive on time.
Using iPhone and Android smartphone technology, this free tracking and alerting system is easily accessible and ideal for everyone who enjoys being on the water – from kitesurfers and kayakers to dinghy sailors and powerboat users.
Notify the Coastguard at the touch of a button
The free RYA SafeTrx mobile app and website, now supersedes the HM Coastguard CG66 scheme. It combines a more technologically cutting-edge version of the CG66 database function with additional lifesaving technologies so that you can make a 999 call to the Coastguard at the touch of a button.
The app can be used free of charge in UK territorial waters and is used by many other search and rescue organisations across the globe.
Freely available to any UK resident
The RYA SafeTrx app is available to any UK resident who wants to be safer afloat and already has over 13,000 users. It provides all recreational boat users with an accessible and simple-to-use way of automatically informing HM Coastguard of their voyage plans, vessel and crew information, incident data, dynamic location and even a direct 999 connection in the event of distress.