Emergency: Mechanical Breakdown

The following actions should be taken in the event of any breakdown during the operation of a pleasure craft:

  • Ensure everyone is wearing a properly fitted lifejacket or PFD;
  • Drop anchor if you have lost power and are drifting into a dangerous area;
  • Investigate the problem and rectify it if possible (check the your fuel levels, fuel line and dead man switch etc.); and
  • Use signals to indicate distress and need of assistance if necessary.
REMEMBER: If your engine has broken down and you are drifting to a rocky shore, you should first drop