Functioning Marine Radio Crucial When Emergencies Happen
Article courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
All kinds of emergencies happen
waterways. With millions of recreational and commercial boaters in varying
degrees of health, boating skill and equipment shape on our waters, this is to
When emergencies do happen, having a functioning marine radio
onboard can make the crucial difference.
On Friday, a Good Samaritan with a functioning marine radio came
to the rescue of a fisherman who had lost consciousness while fishing on his
28-foot sport fishing boat 47 miles southeast of Montauk, New York. No one on
board the sport fisherman could call for help because the vessel did not have a
working marine radio.
Fortunately for our ill fisherman,
another vessel in the area had a functioning marine radio, and was able to
summons a Coast Guard air rescue crew from Air Station Cape Cod. The boater was
airlifted and taken to Rhode Island
to be evaluated.
Today's marine radios are compact, reliable, relatively
inexpensive, and with the new Digital Selective Calling marine radios, built to
get emergency help to the distressed boater with pinpoint location accuracy. In
an emergency the DSC radio will send an automated digital distress alert
consisting of your identification and position (if the radio is connected to a
GPS or Loran unit) to other DSC equipped vessels and rescue facilities.
Rescue 21 is the Coast Guard system that
will provide the mayday response capability described above. For more details on
the Rescue 21 System and its availability in your area visit
In any case, make sure your boat has a working marine radio, and
that you test it regularly to make sure it works well. That way, when you need
to call for help, maybe as a Good Samaritan yourself, you will be able to make
connect with those who can help.
The United States
Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, volunteer Component of Team
Guard who assist the active duty
Guard in all of its varied missions, except for military and direct law
enforcement. These men and women can be found on the nation's waterways, in the
air, in classrooms and on the dock, performing Maritime Domain Awareness
patrols, safety patrols, vessel safety checks and public education.