Abandon Ship

  • Master to notify all on board to abandon ship
  • Broadcast distress alert
  • All to muster on deck
  • All to don warm clothing, waterproofs and lifejackets
  • Fetch grab bag
  • Fetch EPIRB
  • Headcount
  • Launch liferaft(s) ensure liferafts painters are attached to the vessel
  • Embark passengers and crew in liferafts
  • Rafts to stay together and within safe proximity of vessel or last known position


Abandoning to the Liferaft

Put heaviest, strongest crew in first to stabilize the raft and also they can assist others in boarding.

On board the liferaft

  • Cut painter
  • Paddle away
  • Close door
  • Take seasickness tablets
  • Keep warm and dry
  • Ventilate interior every hour

Maritime Distress Signals