Listen to chilling audio of mayday calls being made by boaters in distress, and watch videos of the boaters being rescued by the Coast Guard. Learn how providing your location, number of souls aboard and nature of your distress can assist the Coast Guard in their rescue efforts. For more mayday calls, visit the United States Coast Guard’s Visual Information Gallery.
A boater aboard a 25-foot Sea Ray Laguna radios in a mayday call to the Coast Guard as he and his crew prepare to abandon ship. See footage of their rescue by the Coast Guard below.
The Farallon, a 31-foot cruiser, caught fire off of Gedney Island, Washington and forced its owner, Mike Watson, to make a mayday call to the Coast Guard. Watch footage from a Coast Guard helicopter surveying the scene.
A mayday call to the Coast Guard is made as a vessel capsizes off the La Push, Washington coast. Charter captains rush to the vessel in distress and assist a Canadian helicopter team with the rescue.
A spearfishing trip turns scary when a boat takes on water, and the crew has to make a mayday call before the vessel capsizes.