PAKISTAN MARITIME SECURITY AGENCY


Tips for your safety at Sea

1. Wear Life Jackets

Wearing life jackets while at sea will definitely increase your survival time in the water. More importantly smaller boats can sink real quickly, leaving life jacket your buddy.

2. Boat Captain’s (Na Khuda’s) Responsibility

The boat captain is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat. He has to carry number of passengers as per boat design and with due regard to weather

3. Communications

Take two separate waterproof ways of communicating so we can help you if you get into difficulties. You should not expect good mobile phone coverage in remote areas. For emergency communications a marine VHF radio is recommended. Use channel 16 for emergencies.

4. Marine Weather

Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.

5. Avoid Riding with an inexperienced –unregistered and a broken boat

Make sure your boat is properly and regularly maintained, registered and has the right safety gear on board and if it has a motor, that it has sufficient fuel.

6. First Aid and Fire Fighting Kits

A little attention can save precious lives. Boat Captains and owners are responsible to carry essential first aid and fire fighting kits when proceeding to sea or even plying in harbor.


In an Emergency

In an emergency, dial 1331

Operations Room / MRCC

Tel: : +92-21-99214624

Fax : +92-21-99214625

Email : hqmsa@cyber.net.pk
mrccpmsa@cyber.net.pk


If you're on the water and have a VHF radio, call Channel 16, the international channel for maritime distress, and issue a Mayday call:

  • Say 'mayday, mayday, mayday' and state your vessel name and location, then repeat three times.
  • If possible please provide details of the emergency.
  • Keep calling until you get a response and follow any instructions

Remember these tips to keep yourself and your family safe at the beach

  1. Avoid swimming or entering the sea in monsoon season… developed sea waves and Rip currents can overpower you instantly
  2. Always stay in sight of an attendant or life saver
  3. Read safety signs or local government instructions
  4. Swim with a friend....
  5. Blue bottle jellyfish stings....this can create panic
  6. Rocks on sea bed may injure your feet
  7. Prolonged exposure to sun on beach will cause Sunburn
  8. Heat exhaustion chances increase in summer. Drink plenty of water and do no overstay in sea water to conserve energy.

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