New app will help with sea res­cue

Yachting Monthly - - NEWS -

A new vol­un­tary safety iden­ti­fi­ca­tion scheme for sailors has been launched by the RYA and the Mar­itime and Coast­guard Agency (MCA).

The RYA Safetrx app re­places the CG66 scheme and is free to use in UK ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters. It utilises smart­phone tech­nol­ogy to mon­i­tor boat jour­neys and alerts des­ig­nated emer­gency con­tacts should you fail to ar­rive on time. Users can also be con­nected di­rect to the Coast­guard.

Richard Parkes, the MCA’S direc­tor of mar­itime op­er­a­tions and HM Coast­guard, said RYA Safetrx would mean ‘a swifter re­sponse with the right re­sources’. The ge­olo­ca­tion fea­ture, for ex­am­ple, would al­low the Coast­guard to know where the caller was, a vi­tal con­sid­er­a­tion if they were in dis­tress and dis­ori­en­tated, he said.

RYA Safetrx, which does not re­place GMDSS, EPIRB, PLB or AIS, went live in July and is avail­able via Google Play and the Ap­ple app store or the web­site.

The app will al­low for more tar­geted re­sponses, the MCA said

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