Knowing how to reach the Coast Guard in an emergency is an important step in getting help quickly. Dialing 9-1-1 may be the best for an emergency on land, but not on the water. Boaters should use marine two-way radios, not cell phones. These broadcast radios allow everyone to listen; whereas a phone call only goes to the number dialed.
Post co-authored by Michael Baron, USCG Recreational Boating Safety Specialist. Looking for the perfect gift for the boater on your holiday list? The holiday season is a perfect time to arm your friends and family with safe boating essentials. No matter what the time or temperature, it is always important to encourage your loved ones
Did you know that your VHF marine radio is likely equipped with a technology called DSC, or digital selective calling, that can help rescuers take the “search” out of search and rescue? Ever wonder how that red “distress” button on your radio works? This is how. (Pay attention, this is important stuff, it could save
Coast Guard helped to find three rafters who were stranded in a remote national park in Alaska after their gear got washed away. Thankfully, they carried a personal locator beacon and used it to call for help. Story here This is an interesting story that talks about proper (an improper) etiquette on marine band VHF