boating emergencies

Emergencies at Dock or in Port - Call 911

Emergencies on the water: Georgian Bay or North Channel

VHF Channel 16
Need Assistance [Pan Pan - Pan Pan - Pan Pan]
+ location, boat name, difficulty, # aboard
Emergency or Abandon Ship [May Day - May Day - May Day]
+ location, boat name, difficulty, # aboard

Cell Phone
*16 or 1 800 267 7270 Marine Search & Rescue

KEEP THIS INFORMATION WITH YOU ON YOUR BOAT

What to do:
  • call in your emergency (see above)
  • account for your passengers
  • put on lifejackets and fasten them properly if you have not already done so
  • trigger all bilge pumps
  • grab abandon ship gear bag (should have flares, radar reflector, portable VHF, EPIRB, whistle, first aid)
  • prepare dingy or life raft to abandon ship
  • follow Coast Guard instructions
  • abandon ship when you must and set off flares if you have not already done so
What NOT to do:
  • do not go below to fight fire or plug leaks unless you have determined the problem and are confident of very quick success
  • one breath of smoke can leave you unconscious so if you can fight the fire with certainty do it from a safe air position and do not go below or into the engine room
  • if you have a fire in the engine room do not open the hatch or access door ... let the auto extinguisher do its job
  • inhaling Halon gas from the extinguisher is deadly ... don't go into an area where the Halon extinguisher has triggered
  • don't panic ... keep your head and remember, your first responsibility is the safety of your passengers and not saving the boat
  • do not point flares at the boat or persons
PRACTICE YOUR ABANDON SHIP DRILL SO EVERYTHING BECOMES AUTOMATIC