MAYDAY is used when a boat is in danger and seeks urgent assistance.
PAN PAN is used to indicate that an urgent message must be sent regarding the safety of the crew or the vessel.
SECURITE is a warning signal indicating that a coastal or radio station is about to emit a message regarding meteorological or navigational warnings
However experienced you are in handling a boat, you will feel safer if emergency numbers are in hand so that you can phone in case of danger or if you need assistance.
No prefix is required for these numbers:
112 Public Emergency Center
193 Fire Department
195 Sea search and rescue (VHF Channel 16)
18981 General information
11888 Information of local and long distance phone numbers
11802 Information of international phone numbers
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