Safety at Sea

BE SAFE!

  • ALWAYS WEAR A LIFE-VEST
  • ALWAYS STAY SEATED AND CALM
  • WATCH OUT
The UK looks close but it takes many hours to reach by sea.
Stay far away from ships. They make big waves and don’t see you.
At sea it is colder and there is more wind on the water than on land. 
Check the weather before crossing. Beware of high wind and fog.
Do not try if waves are higher than 0.5 meters.
 
For Rescue
Call 112

112 should work even if your phone doesn’t have signal.
When you call say you are at sea and need rescue
If your phone has French network call 196 to speak directly to the coastguard. 



Be Prepared!

Wear many layers, a hat, and waterproof clothes if possible.
Bring foil emergency blankets.
Bring food and water for one day.
Keep your phone dry (in plastic bag or condom) and turned off (if you don’t need it) to save battery.


Tell someone you trust where/when you are leaving so if they do not hear from you they could call for rescue. 


GPS
Give your GPS location when you call for help.

The easiest way is to use WhatsApp to “Send Your Current Location” (NOT “Live Location”).
WhatsApp only works if you have data.

But even without signal GPS will always work. Find your coordinates and give them over the phone when you call for help.

Find your GPS coordinates with GoogleMaps
Practice this before you try
1) Turn on location and open GoogleMaps

2) Tap the crosshair. It may take a while, but your position will appear as a blue dot. Even with no map this dot is your correct position!

3) Tap and hold this blue dot to “drop a pin” at your current location. Your GPS coordinates should appear at the top of your screen. Otherwise scroll down to look for them.

4) Give these numbers to the people you call for help. Check closely to see if the second number is negative (-).



If someone falls in the water:
Immediately point and keep pointing to the person so you don’t lose them in the waves. Slowly bring the boat next to them and use 2 people to pull them out of the water. The other people should stay on the other side of the boat for balance. Take off the person’s wet clothes and wrap in blankets to warm them up.

If someone falls in the water they need to go to the hospital immediately!
Call 112 for rescue!



If someone in unconscious
Check if they are breathing. If not, get water out of the lungs by laying them down, giving one big breath, and quickly turn the body on its side. 
For children, hold them upside down to get water out.
Do CPR until help arrives.



Do not test an outboard motor out of the water! It will overheat and break!
How to restart an engine
1) Check the top of the motor with your hand to see if the engine is hot. If it is not hot, find the tank. Make sure it is not covered with anything, especially not the little screw on the top. It needs to be open so that the air can come in. Also, find the pipe that goes from the tank to the engine and make sure nothing is pressing against the pipe.


2) If the top of the motor is hot (you cannot keep your hand there for longer than a moment), check if the part of the motor leading to the propeller is also hot. Normally, this should be cold.


3) If only the top is hot, wait 5 minutes. Then restart the engine by pulling the chord. If it does not start, pull the choke. Sometimes it is a knob that you have to pull out, sometimes it is a switch. If the engine restarts, push the choke back after a few seconds.


4) When the engine is running again, there should be some water coming out of a little hole at the back. Check the temperature of the water with your hand. It should be warm, but not very hot. And it should run. If it is hot and/or not running the cooling system of the engine is not working well and you have to drive very slowly. 
Do not try without an engine