How do I notify the Coast Guard?

How do I notify the Coast Guard?

People in an emergency and need of Coast Guard assistance should use: VHF-FM Channel 16 (156.8 MHz), dial 911. For general inquiries call your nearest Coast Guard unit.

Where in California does the Coast Guard patrol the waters?

Coast Guard operational units are located throughout the state of California, with the District and Pacific Area headquarters located on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California along the east side of San Francisco Bay.

Do Coast Guard boats sink?

The boats are virtually unsinkable and self-right themselves after capsizing. Aircraft are used by the Coast Guard to perform search and rescue, spot smugglers and illegal immigrants and transport people and supplies.

What happens if you call the Coast Guard?

The U.S. Coast Guard will respond immediately to your Mayday call, and may also notify state and local search and rescue units in your vicinity. The Coast Guard will also transmit an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast over marine-band VHF-FM radio Channel 16, notifying all vessels in the area of your emergency.

When should I call the Coast Guard?

So if you have a fire aboard and are sinking, or if someone aboard has a true medical emergency, call the US Coast Guard. The procedure is to repeat May Day three times, so “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, this is the sailing vessel Winterlude, Winterlude, Winterlude. Position: current latitude and longitude.

When should I contact the Coast Guard?

If you are in distress or need to report an emergency, do NOT send it via email, contact the Coast Guard via telephone or radio. The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provides a number of additional means for contacting or alerting SAR authorities.

Why does the Coast Guard say Pon Pon?

Any mariners wishing to render assistance should contact the Coast Guard on Channel 16.” Pan-pan is the international urgency call indicating that someone aboard a boat is declaring an urgent situation that is not an immediate threat to either the vessel or the people on board.

Do you call 999 for Coast Guard?

Who to call for help. If you find yourself in an emergency situation or spot someone else in trouble, you should call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. If you are inland and see someone in difficulty on the water, be it on a river or a lake, you should ask for Fire and Rescue when you call for help.

Can you text the Coast Guard?

Currently the U.S. Coast Guard email system is not set up to accept or respond to emergency SAR messages. If you are in distress or need to report an emergency, do NOT send it via email, contact the Coast Guard via telephone or radio.

Is Coast Guard part of the military?

As one of the five Armed Services of the United States, the Coast Guard is the only military branch within the Department of Homeland Security.

Who does the Coast Guard report to?

Secretary of Homeland Security

Commandant of the Coast Guard
Reports to Secretary of Homeland Security
Seat Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building, Washington, D.C.
Appointer The President with Senate advice and consent
Term length 4 years Renewable