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Old 08-27-2016, 05:38 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by kchace View Post
I think of pushing the DSC distress button as almost a last resort to use when I cant take the time to call in a mayday - like during a fire or explosion when I have to move NOW. If I could take even a little time, I would always try to call in a mayday first. In that case, you can put words to the situation. If I couldn't get though for some reason and it was a real mayday situation, I would hit the DSC emergency button.

Don't forget that the DSC alarm reaches all boater with a DSC radio, even if they aren't currently on channel 16. If you have a major emergency, hit that button and follow up with a voice call. In most areas, another boater is much more likely to be the first available aid, rather than the CG. They can only help if they get your call.
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