10.2.3 Search and rescue information

.1 the NAVTEX broadcast is not suitable for distress traffic. Therefore, only the initial distress message should be retransmitted on the NAVTEX using B2 = D, in order to alert mariners to a distress situation, by setting off an audio alarm.

.2 a single authority, which will normally be a RCC, should be designated SAR Coordinator to input information via NAVTEX Coordinator, for a NAVTEX message. The initial shore to ship distress related message should have previously been broadcasted on the appropriate distress freauency prior to any related NAVTEX message being broadcast.