Use DSC radio to help us locate and rescue you even more quickly

The UK Coastguard was able to locate and send rescue resources to a fishing vessel, which was on fire with seven people on board, within just a few minutes this evening, thanks to a DSC alert. The vessel, which was about 13 miles south-east of the Isle of Man, broadcast a DSC distress alert, which allowed the UK Coastguard to locate the vessel within moments and send the Douglas RNLI Lifeboat and a Coastguard helicopter to assist. Other merchant vessels also in the area responded and offered to help. A mayday message was also broadcast following the DSC distress alert.


The crew of the fishing vessel were able to get the fire under control and the vessel is now making its way back into Douglas Harbour under escort by the Douglas Lifeboat.


Dawn Petrie, for the UK Coastguard said:


“Thanks to the swift and correct use of the DSC radio on board the vessel we were able to get rescue resources to the crew very quickly whilst they worked to tackle the fire. All seven crew are safe and well. This is the second incident this week where correct use of the DSC radio has helped us to locate and send resources to people in distress. Last Saturday a single-handed sailor broadcast a DSC distress alert as he had become exhausted and needed assistance whilst sailing off the west coast of Scotland. This time we requested the Campbeltown RNLI Lifeboat to assist along with the Campbeltown and Southend Coastguard Rescue Teams. The sailor was located very quickly and brought back to Campbeltown by lifeboat.


“Having a DSC radio on board and knowing how to use it could save your life. If you use it correctly we will be able to locate you within moments and get the right rescue resources on their way within minutes.”

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