VHF Distress Call: MAYDAY

Transmit this "mayday" VHF call to indicate your vessel or a person is in distress and requires immediate assistance.

MAYDAY. MAYDAY. MAYDAY. THIS IS



[fill in vessel name & callsign]

WE ARE A  [POWER / SAIL] BOAT   _____  [FEET / METRES] LONG

HULL COLOUR:   _______   WITH   _______________

OUR POSITION IS:



[GPS or Buoy no.]

THE PROBLEM IS:



[Describe what happened.]

I REQUIRE:



[Describe the assistance you require.]

THERE ARE  # ______   PEOPLE ON BOARD.

THEY ARE     [ OK / INJURED / UNCONCIOUS / OVERBOARD ]

OVER.

Release the button and listen for a reply.
Repeat every 60 seconds until you get an answer.


Cell phone: Dial *16 on a mobile phone to contact the Canadian Coast Guard. (Not all phones have this service.)
RadioMedical Marine Telephone Service: Call an MCTS Centre (Marine Communication and Traffic Services) to request connection to a doctor for medical advice.