Boaters and mariners have been reminded of the limitations of using mobile phones for emergency communication at sea.
“Mobile phone coverage at sea is limited and unreliable. Mobile phones are also highly susceptible to failure due to water ingress,” the notice states.
The use of VHF, however, “makes it possible to broadcast to, and receive from, all vessels and coast stations within the vicinity in the event of an emergency”.
Where practicable, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) says recreational craft should maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF channel 16 and DSC watch on VHF channel 70.
Further details are included in Marine Notice No 40 of 2019, a PDF of which is available to read or download HERE.