How to make a Marine Radio Distress Call

Use only if in grave or imminent danger!

Make an emergency announcement using VHF, please use Channels 63 or 16 (outside of Whitianga)
Make an emergency announcement using SSB, please use channels: 2182, 4125, 6215, 8291.


“THIS IS (name of vessel & call sign)” 3 TIMES

“MAYDAY (name of vessel & call sign)”

Detail specific information about your position and situation
Give vessel’s position in degrees & minutes of latitude and longitude or bearings & distance relative to a well-known geographical feature
Explain nature of distress & the kind of assistance required
Provide any other information which may assist rescuers – numbers of persons on board, description of vessel, life-raft, EPIRB.