Does the VHF have a red distress button?
IF YES, go to Step 2
If NO, go to Step 4
IF TIME ALLOWS:
Press and Hold the Red Distress Button until the 5 second count down ends.
What does Pressing the VHF DSC Distress Button Do?
Sends a DSC alert to all DSC enabled VHF sets 'in range' which triggers an alarm.
At minimum the following information will be sent:
Mayday, Mayday, Mayday
This is _____________________
MMSI: _____________________ (only if your VHF set is DSC enabled will you have an MMSI number)
I know you've said it before in the initial distress call, but definitely say it again..
Vessel Name, Callsign, MMSI (if you have one)
My Position is:___________________
Latitude & Longitude OR bearing & distance from a charted object / place
Briefly explain what's wrong i.e. sinking, fire, aground etc
What do you need? i.e. Evacuation, Tow etc - how much time i.e. request immediate assistance
How many people are onboard?
What else do people need to know? Particularly that which may help with the rescue..
OVER is an invitation for someone to reply.