November 22, 2006
CG Says Use VHF-FM For Distress Calls
The Coast Guard has asked all cell phone service providers in all states but Alaska to remove the specialized keying sequence *CG as a method of requesting maritime assistance. Boaters should use VHF-FM radio as their primary means of making distress calls on the water as they provide superior alerting capabilities in an emergency.
When a distress call is sent out via VHF-FM radio any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance. VHF-FM radios will further enhance boaters' safety as the Coast Guard expands its Rescue 21 system, which uses technology that tracks the precise location of distress calls.
For more information on the Coast Guard's search and rescue program visit its website.