Distress signal indicates that a mobile is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance
1)follow your reciprocal course
2) check your charts and inform master
switch on ecosounder, see draft of aground vessel from AIS
ONE SHORT BLAST ALTER CO. TO STBD, REVERSE CO. AND INFORM MASTER
since th vessel is manouvering in restricted visibility we could take all way off and acess the situation...then take action acordingly..
any avoiding action must be taken in ample time,maintain your engine at safe speed,in circumstances of case admit as per the head on situation ,give one short blast alter the course to starboard side,that is safe pass on the port side of other vessel
inform to master regarding risk of collision, as rule no 19 E. says reduce her speed to minimum at which she can be kept on her course or stop and reverse propulsion because the area we area entering is 1.shallow water 2.Putting at us in risk of collision or we may aground.
A functional radars, VHF, Echo sounder, AIS, Logs, Gps, Ecdis..etc
hoist 2 (numerical) flag den 1st substitute den answering pendent den 2nd substitute...