Distress Situations United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Hampstead
If you or your vessel is in imminent danger or in a distress
situation you can use any means possible to attract attention.
Often visual signals such as flares, smoke, lights and flags or
audible signals from your horn or whistle will get the attention
and help you need. Waving both arms up and down continuously is
a universally recognized distress signal.
Boaters providing assistance to vessels in distress are protected
by the “good samaritan” law and must offer assistance if they can
do so without putting themselves or their vessels in danger. If you
are unable to attract attention using these procedures and you
have a VHF radio initiate a distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard
on channel 16.
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