Be Prepared to Give Your Location for a Channel 16 Mayday Call
One key to making a vhf radio mayday call is to give your location. In this call, the harried captain of a sinking fishing boat fails to. A second nearby fisherman breaks in on the call to remind the captain to give his location, in this case with Loran bearings. Video background footage is of dayboats unloading their commercial fishing catch in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Backstory: The fishing vessel Whistling Dixie strikes a submerged object in winter seven miles off the coast of Maine. The captain makes a rushed vhf mayday radio call to the Portland Coast Guard. He struggles to give his loran bearings. His boat rudder post has punctured the boat’s hull, leading to catastrophic flooding. A nearby fisherman chimes in on the call to assist, reminding the captain to give his location. The crew members were later rescued from their life raft. Whistling Dixie sank and was marked a securite hazard by the Coast Guard.
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