LIFE SAVING SIGNALS
(Regulation V/34) Prior to setting off you should have made a passage plan, including forecasts, tides, limitations of vessel and crew, navigational dangers on route, contingency plan. This can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, but some evidence of forward planning is never a bad thing.
(Regulation V/19) Important for being picked up by ships’ radar when crossing shipping lanes or at times of restricted visibility. Fit the largest Radar Cross Section that is practically possible or consider an active Radar Target Enhancer. (Regulation V/29) You should carry an illustrated table of how to attract attention and/ or communicate with rescue services. This can usually be found in a nautical almanac, or can be downloaded from www.gov.uk after searching for ‘life saving signals’.
(Regulation V/31, V/32 V/33) You should respond to any distress signal that you see or hear and offer assistance to any body/boat in distress the best way you can. Also, as skipper you have a responsibility to convey any dangers to navigation to the Coastguard.
(Regulation V/35) You must not misuse any distress signals, by doing so you may be putting someone else’s life at risk.