Mayday

Transmit a May Day distress call only when imminent danger threatens life or boat and immediate assistance is required. Transmit a Pan-Pan ("Pahn Pahn") urgency call when the safety of a person or vessel is in jeopardy, but the danger is not life threatening. Transmission of a Pan Pan follows the same format as given for a May Day below.


(I) BEFORE EVERY MAJOR TRIP

  1. Review manuals (VHF and Iridium Phone) for transmission of distress signals including VHF GMDSS features.
  2. Tape the instructions beside each radio/phone.
  3. Do a radio  & Iridium check.
  4. Review operation of the EPIRBs.
  5. Test the EPIRBs.
  6. Charge the hand-held VHF.

(II) IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

  1. Transmit May Day on the VHF and the Iridium Phone while you still have power.
  2. Transmit using the emergency buttons of the radio according to the manual instructions.
  3. Transmit May Day on Channel 16 as follows:
     
    • May Day, May Day, May Day
    • This is 'Yacht Enchantress, Yacht Enchantress, Yacht Enchantress', callsign MZIR4 (Mike, Zulu, India, Romeo, 4)
    • May Day
    • 'Enchantress' is at Position (Lat and Long) from GPS/Chart Plotter, or distance and bearing from landmark
    • We are (describe nature of emergency)
    • We require (describe nature of assistance needed)
    • Aboard are (describe number of people, age and condition if relevant)
    • We have (describe safety equipment)
    • 'Enchantress' is 13m long, sailing sloop, cream hull with red trim.
    • Over
  4. If there is no response after a few moments, repeat the above message.
  5. Call the Falmough Coastguard on the Iridium Phone with the same May Day information

(III) TO CANCEL A MAY DAY
[If you have transmitted a May Day or Pan Pan, and later find you no longer need assistance, you must cancel it.]

  1. May Day
  2. Hello all stations, hello all stations, hello all stations
  3. This is 'Enchantress, Enchantress, Enchantress' MZIR4
  4. The time is .......
  5. Seelonce Feenee (to cancel May Day) or Cancel Pan Pan
  6. Out

(IV) PHONETIC ALPHABET

Alfa                        Juliett                     Sierra

Bravo                     Kilo                        Tango

Charlie                   Lima                       Uniform

Delta                      Mike                       Victor

Echo                      November               Whisky

Foxtrot                   Oscar                     XRay

Golf                        Papa                      Yankee

Hotel                      Quebec                   Zulu

India                                                            Romeo

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