Lake Pleasant Sailing Club

Emergency Help on Lake Pleasant
- using your VHF Radio


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VHF Radio

Lake Pleasant - VHF Radio Emergency Call Sequence

  1. Use your VHF radio, which is normally monitored by the marinas. In the case of a medical emergency, the marinas have a direct line to Peoria Fire Department Lake Pleasant Base and know what questions to ask of you.

  2. Use your cell phone to call 911.

Radios That You Need

Make sure you have a VHF marine radio. A VHF marine radio is the single most important radio system you should buy. It is probably also the most inexpensive. If you plan to travel more than a few miles offshore, plan to purchase  a second VHF radio or cellular telephone as well. Your VHF radio is intended mainly for short range communications, generally 5-10 miles, and at least 20 miles to a base station.

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!...Sending a distress call

Here's what you should do:

Procedure for VHF Channel 16 MAYDAY:
  1. If you have a VHF marine radio, tune it to channel 16. Call on channel 16 first.
  2. Distress signal "MAYDAY", spoken three times.
  3. The words "THIS IS", spoken once.
  4. Name of vessel in distress (spoken three times) and call sign or boat registration number, spoken once.
  5. Repeat "MAYDAY" and name of vessel, spoken once.
  6. Give position of vessel  by bearing and distance to a well-known landmark such as a navigational aid or small island, or in any terms which will assist a responding station in locating the vessel in distress. Include any information on vessel movement such as course, speed and destination. The Peoria FIre Department will not dispatch help until they know where you are!!!
  7. Nature of distress (sinking, fire etc.).
  8. Kind of assistance desired.
  9. Number of persons onboard.
  10. Any other information which might facilitate rescue, such as length, number of persons needing medical attention, color hull, cabin, masks, etc.
  11. The word "OVER"

Stay by the radio if possible. Even after the message has been received, the Peoria FD can find you more quickly if you can transmit a signal on which a rescue boat or aircraft can home.

For example:
MAYDAY-MAYDAY-MAYDAY
THIS IS BLUE DUCK-BLUE DUCK-BLUE DUCK WA1234 MAYDAY THIS IS BLUE DUCK
 WE ARE 200 YARDS NORTH OF BALANCE ROCK
STRUCK SUBMERGED OBJECT
NEED PUMPS-MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND TOW
THREE ADULTS, TWO CHILDREN ONBOARD
ONE PERSON COMPOUND FRACTURE OF ARM
ESTIMATE CAN REMAIN AFLOAT TWO HOURS
BLUE DUCK IS THIRTY TWO FOOT CABIN CRUISER-WHITE HULL-BLUE DECK HOUSE
OVER

Repeat at intervals until an answer is received.

If you hear a distress call...

If you hear a distress message from a vessel and it is not answered, then you must answer. If you are reasonably sure that the distressed vessel is not in your vicinity, you should wait a short time for others to acknowledge.

What to do if no one responds to your distress call on the VHF radio

  1. Dial 911 if you have cell service.
  2. Tune to Channel 14 and/or Channel 12 and repeat your distress call. The local marinas monitor these frequencies as well as 16.

For a medical emergency and your boat can make way:

Getting the victim stabilized within 60 minutes of a medical emergency is critical for survival. Steer towards Pleasant Harbor Marina to meet the rescue boat. The Peoria Fire Department Lake Pleasant Base is located at the marina. They will assemble their rescue team and/or launch the rescue boat from the courtesy dock.

Other ways to get help:

911 - Emergency Services

Scorpion Bay  - TowBoatUS base.

      TowBoatUS 623-261-3662 or 800-391-4869

              Boat is staffed on site on the weekends and captains are on call during the week

       Scorpion Bay general number is 928-501-2628

Pleasant Harbor Marina has a marina provided emergency tow boat

      The emergency numbers are - Daytime: 602-625-7776. Overnight: 623-764-2474

      Main number 623-235-6130


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