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Whether it be man-overboard, an
injury or mast collapsing, when
an emergency or accident occurs
on board a yacht ... more often than not, “all
hell breaks loose”, even for a well trained
and drilled team.
So as a fellow sailor or boatie – you
should ask the following questions:
A simple solution to help
make boating safer
The Editor’s Column in April Afloat stated “the sport of sailing can be fraught with risk”. Julian Todd, the
Safety Officer from the Greenwich Flying Squadron in Sydney responds with a simple but great idea!
• Who should your crew or the skipper
• How can they describe the situation?
• Where should they get some help?
• Where is the closest and safest place
to take your yacht?
• How can one in a stressful situation,
describe where you are, how someone
is hurt, ask what you should do?
The following locations are places where ambulance ser vices may pick up a
person requiring urgent medical treatment for a serious injury or illness. There
are other suitable safe areas, don’t just rely on this list, familiarise yourself with
these and other places you select. You must give specific details to emergency
Bay Street Wharf, (adjacent to the Club), Bay Street, Greenwich (nearest cross
street Greenwich Road).
Note: Illegal parking often makes vehicular access difficult.
Northwood Wharf, Northwood Road, Northwood (nearest cross street Cliff
Valentia Street Wharf, Valentia Street, Woolwich (nearest cross street The
Woolwich Marina (Brokerage 9817 1020), 2a Margaret Street, Woolwich
(nearest cross street Woolwich Road)
Drummoyne Wharf, Lyons Road, Dr ummoyne (nearest cross street St Georges
Greenwich Wharf, Mitchell Street, Greenwich (nearest cross street George
Noakes - Berrys Bay (9925 0306), 6 John Street, McMahons Point (nearest
cross street Dumbarton Street)
Mort Bay Wharf, Thames Street, Balmain East (nearest cross street Darby
Luna Park Wharf, Olympic Drive, Milsons Point (nearest cross street Fitzroy
Watsons Bay Wharf, Marine Parade, Watsons Bay (nearest cross street Military
RSYS (9955 7171), 33 Peel Street, Kirribilli (nearest cross street Carabella
Emergency Safety Card
Boat Name ______________________________________ Sail No _____________
Hull colour __________________________________________________________
Boat Brand / Design ___________________________________________________
LOA ______________ DISP(tonnes)_________ ______
RMS Registration No. ___________________
Skipper Name ________________________________________________________
Phone No ____________________________
Shore Contact Name ___________________________________________________
Phone No ____________________________
000 or VHF Ch16
02 9320 7499
02 9969 3270
02 9956 3199
02 9337 5033
Marine Area Command (Water Police - Balmain)
Marine Rescue Middle Harbour
North Sydney Police
Volunteer Coast Guard
Emergency contact numbers
Emergency pickup points
St Johns Ambulance DRSABCD Action Plan
Ensure the area is safe for yourself, others and the patient.
Check for response—ask name—squeeze shoulders.
No response Response
• send for help.
SEND for help
Call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance or ask another person to make the call.
if foreign material is present:
• place in the recover y position
• clear air way with fingers.
Open airway by tilting head with chin lift.
Check for breathing — look, listen and feel.
Not normal breathing Normal breathing
• start CPR.
Start CPR—30 chest compressions : 2 breaths
Continue CPR until help arrives or patient recovers.
Apply defibrillator if available and follow voice prompts.
• make comfortable
• check for injuries
• monitor response
• place in recover y position
• monitor breathing
• manage injuries
• treat for shock.
With this in mind we introduced an
innovative, yet commonsense, Emergency
Safety Sheet for all GFS club members
The design is a simple yet very powerful
one A4 double-sided sheet that when
laminated, should be on every boat,
whether it be a sailing or power vessel.
On the front page are listed the
1. A basic description of the vessel – ie
a description of the yacht, its colour,
tonnage, LOA, Sail number, RMS
2. The name of the skipper / owner(s) plus
contact phone numbers both on-board
3. Contact VHS radio and phone numbers
for Emergency Personnel, Maritime,
Police Rescue, the clubhouse etc.
4. Haul-out locations for injured crew
including specific descriptions of each
location you can give to Emergency
personnel (such as the nearest cross
And on the reverse side:
5. Both front and rear image of “where
does it hurt” – ie pages 81 and 82 of your
YA Blue Book. (YA Special Regulations
Part 1. Advisory Appendix G to Part 1
to be specific!) – Essential information
you can use to describe patient
information to medical professionals
over the radio or mobile phone.
6. A St John Ambulance – a DRSRABCD
Action Plan – ie how to save a life using
Since its publication last year, many
of the 100 or so yachties at the Greenwich
Flying Squadron now have this Emergency
Safety Sheet in their cockpit for easy access
by all the crew.
Indeed, the Greenwich Flying Squadron
is including the document in its Safety
Documentation for inclusion in the NOR
and SIs for this season’s sailing.
A simple, novel and commonsense
document that, once adapted for your
own sailing or boating area, you’ll agree
will make the water safer for you and all
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