SECURITY: A new number for emergency call at sea : 196

There is a new number for emergencies at sea: 196, This number puts you directly in contact with the french coast gurads (CROSS):

  • The number is of course free of charge
  • Your number is automatically detected even if it is hidden
  • The phone’s GPS position is also detected for more security.

Don’t forget that the best way remains the channel 16 on your VHF radio since other boats in your area will receive your call as well.