Ambulance: 999 or 112
Fire: 999 or 112
Police: 999 or 112
Coast Guard: 999 or 112
Emergency at sea:
VHF radio is the minimum communication equipment that you should have on your boat.
In an emergency, send a voice Mayday or Pan-Pan message on VHF channel 16 (frequency 156.8MHz).
999 is the historic emergency number for the United Kingdom, but calls are also accepted on the European Union emergency number, 112. All calls are answered by 999 operators. Calls are always free.
You should call 101 if you want to talk to your local police officer, get crime prevention advice, or report a crime that does not need an emergency response, for example: if your car has been stolen. 101 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
NHS 111 is a free-to-call single non-emergency number medical helpline operating in England and Scotland. The service is part of each region’s National Health Service and has replaced the telephone triage and advice services provided by NHS Direct, NHS24 and local GP out-of-hours services.
If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak, or are worried that fumes containing carbon monoxide are escaping from a gas appliance, please call the free Gas Emergency Services emergency line immediately on 0800 111 999. Also: Open all doors and windows to ventilate the property.
For emergency at sea, see sidebar.