Originally Posted by indaba1991
Er - wrong actually. Pan pan medico was discontinued with the advent of DSC. In voice terms there are two calls - Mayday x3 or Pan x3. When you give the nature of distress there are the various options to choose which are now highly defined. I am sure if you merely shout help help on 16 someone may respond. If however you are unsure about basic issues of radio protocol you would be advised to visit the nearest RYA training establishment. Basic radio procedure needs training and practise.
No Im afraid that you are incorrect, my knowledge is based on 22 years experience as a Coastguard officer. If in doubt contact the nearest Coastguard station to yourself. This was the procedure that was used up until I was made redundant in 2012. As a Watch Manager I dealt with medical emergencies on numerous occasions.
The RYA's newest radio book has some glaring errors in it !