Make a PanPan call

Use PanPan instead of Mayday when you are in trouble but not immediate danger ie a crewmember has broken a leg, your yacht is dismasted, or you have a serious mechanical problem.

  • It is essential to speak clearly, slowly, and split numbers. For example, say One-Five instead of Fifteen.
  • If you know the phonetic alphabet - Use it (i.e. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie etc.)
  • Hold the microphone a few cms away from your mouth.
  • Stay calm, and speak slowly if you can. Rushing through the transmission is not going to help you get help any faster.

On Ch 84 (Cape Egmont) or 61(New Plymouth). Press and hold down the talk button. Breathe once then talk.

Panpan Panpan Panpan
THIS IS (my boat)
THIS IS (my boat)
THIS IS (my boat)

PanPan (my boat)

(Release button and wait. If no reply in 15 seconds, repeat your message. Make sure you are on the correct channel. When Cape Egmont or coastguard replies, press and hold down talk button again, breathe once then talk.)

PanPan (my boat)
WE ARE AT vessel’s position in degrees & minutes of latitude and longitude
OR bearings & distance relative to a well-known geographical feature

Explain nature of emergency ie snapped mast, disabled boat, crew member with broken leg

“WE ARE IN NEED OF … a tow, medical assistance etc”

Numbers of persons on board

Description of boat

Any other useful information


*If the situation deteriorates, call a Mayday on Ch 16.