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When should I contact the Coast Guard?

When should I contact the Coast Guard?

If you find yourself in an emergency situation or spot someone else in trouble, you should call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. If you are inland and see someone in difficulty on the water, be it on a river or a lake, you should ask for Fire and Rescue when you call for help.

What happens when you call the Coast Guard?

But there are some things you may want to know before you reach for your radio: how to contact the Coast Guard’s emergency watchstanders, what to tell them when they answer, and what’s likely to happen after that. Here’s a primer on what to do—and what not to do—in seeking help.

What are coast guards responsible for?

The Coast Guard is a unique branch of the military responsible for an array of maritime duties, from ensuring safe and lawful commerce to performing rescue missions in severe conditions. Nearly 42,000 men and women are actively serving in the Coast Guard to defend America’s borders and protect the maritime environment.

How do I report someone to the Coast Guard?

Report What You Find to be Unusual! First, call the National Response Center at 877-24WATCH. For immediate danger to life or property, call 911, or call the U. S. Coast Guard on Marine Channel 16.

How do I contact the Coast Guard in emergency?

People in an emergency and need of Coast Guard assistance should use: VHF-FM Channel 16 (156.8 MHz), dial 911. For general inquiries call your nearest Coast Guard unit.

Is Coast Guard paid?

As a volunteer you will not be paid. You can claim a small amount for your time and expenses.

What is a distress flag?

noun. any flag flown by a vessel to show that it is in distress, as an ensign flown at half-mast or upside down.

How do you make a distress call?

Making a Distress Call

  1. Locate the DISTRESS button.
  2. Lift the cover.
  3. Press and hold the button until the radio “beeps”.
  4. Select the nature of your call (if your radio allows you to make this selection).
  5. Say loud and clearly “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.
  6. Repeat three times.
  7. Repeat Mayday and your boat’s name once again.

Who does the Coast Guard report to?

Secretary of Homeland Security

Commandant of the Coast Guard
Type Service chief
Reports to Secretary of Homeland Security
Seat Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building, Washington, D.C.
Appointer The President with Senate advice and consent

Is Coast Guard military or law enforcement?

The Coast Guard is both a federal law enforcement agency and a military force, and therefore is a faithful protector of the United States in peacetime and war.

How do I report a military personnel?

Complaints of fraud, waste and abuse in the Department of Defense or any military service can be reported separately through a hotline that has been set up. Complaints can be called in Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm EST, at 1-800-424-9098. You can also email your complaint.

What is the Coastguard emergency channel?

Channel 16
Any vessel in distress should use Channel 16 VHF-FM (which the Coast Guard does monitor). Channel 22 is the most common working channel for USCG in the event of an emergency. The following list of channels are those available in the United States for VHF Radio communications.

Can a Coast Guard report be made public?

In particular, the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) and the Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 (P.L. 104-191) prohibit the Coast Guard from disclosing certain information to the public. This website offers several options to search for reports and retrieve a listing of incidents that match your search criteria.

Where can I find Coast Guard accident reporting forms?

Accident Reporting Forms. Forms may be found on the Coast Guard’s Directive and Publications Division Website at or entering the form numbers into a web search engine.

Is the U.S.Coast Guard liable for anything?

The U.S. Coast Guard and the United States is not liable for any loss, damage, or harm resulting from the use of information contained in this database, or for any reliance on its accuracy, completeness, or timeliness.

Why are mishap reports important to the Coast Guard?

Mishap reporting and record keeping supply the Coast Guard with critical safety information. Mishap reports and records are also required by federal law and provide data to identify and correct unsafe acts and conditions. Mishap reports are entered by safety personnel into CGPORTAL applications managed by the Coast Guard HSWL Service Center.

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