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Mayday by definition is (An extreme emergency aboard a boat when calling for help and aid).
Examples of a MAYDAY situation; boat on fire, boat sinking, medical emergency, person fell overboard and lost, boat collision, boat explosion.
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Switch your VHF radio to channel 16 and say MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY three times and identify yourself, and state the emergency. The caller should have as much information as possible: the position, boat type, geographic location, and any medical information that may be necessary.
Any one on the boat or a nearby boater observing the MAYDAY.
The caller should stay on scene and communicate with the USCG. The USC.G. will actively pursue and arrest any hoax calls for MAYDAY requests.