In An Emergency

In an emergency, dial 111 and ask for Police.


If you're on the water and have a VHF radio, call Channel 16, the international channel for maritime distress, and issue a Mayday call:


  • Say 'mayday, mayday, mayday' and state your vessel name and location, then repeat three times.


  • If possible please provide details of the emergency.


  • Keep calling until you get a response and follow any instructions.


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