When Your Boat Gets the Mayday Call
Name of vessel?
Location: latitude and longitude, visual landmarks, buoys, etc.?
Last known position?
Number of people aboard?
Are all crew wearing PFDs?
Any injuries or medical issues among crew?
Present location of all crew?
Nature of the emergency (flooding, fire, weather, grounding, etc.)?
Will the ship's radio continue to operate?
Is a handheld radio available and working?
Visual description of vessel?
Is a life raft or dinghy available for evacuation?
Description of life raft/dinghy?
Description of available provisions (water, food, other)?
Description of ship's available and at hand signaling devices?
Description of any personal signaling devices available and at hand?
Give other vessels and rescue services a chance to communicate with you.
Description of foul-weather gear/clothing (color, hoods, etc.)?
Estimate the time to an abandon-ship scenario.
Relay the estimated of time for you (or others) to arrive on the scene.
Advise the crew to stay in visual contact with all members.
Advise crew to maintain constant radio contact.
Obtain additional information on the nature of the emergency.
Offer possible suggestions or solutions.
Brainstorm rescue procedures and operations.
Obtain an on-site assessment of sea and wind conditions.
Use flares and strobes to ensure the quickest visual contact.
Firmly direct the distressed vessel's transfer of crew.