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Treasury Department United States Coast Guard Washington 1 October, 1934 THE COAST GUARD AND DISTRESS. The United States Coast Guard is a military branch of the Government maintained for the purpose of enforcing the navigation and other maritime laws under the jurisdiction of the United States, rendering assistance to vessels in distress, saving life and property, destroying derelicts and removing obstructions and menaces to navigation. These duties include the International Ice Patrol, the Bering Sea Patrol, flood relief work, patrol of regattas and marine parades and rendering medical relief to deep sea fishermen and to the natives of Alaska. ASSISTANCE OR DISTRESS PROCEDURE Small craft or planes off the coasts of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, or Delaware may obtain the assistance of the Coast Guard by the following means: Make the international or inland distress signal, if in sight of a vessel, lighthouse, or Coast Guard station. Passing vessels will inform the Coast Guard by radio. Persons on shore telephone to Coast Guard, Custom House, New York, N.Y. - Whitehall 4-2717" or to any nearby Coast Guard vessel or station. If equipped with radio call "NCU" (Any Coast Guard Unit) by key or in case of extreme emergency call "SOS" by key (or Mayday by voice) transmitting on 500 kilocycles (600 meters). Remember, "TIME IS LIFE", and time may be saved by calling the assisting agency direct. H.G. HAMLET, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant.
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