ISPI—That’s the acronym I remember from my time in the service for when a unit is in trouble and must communicate for help. The “I” reminds us that we need to communicate our identity. The “S” stands for situation and prompts us to communicate the emergency to others who can help. The “P” is for position and the last “I” is for intention. A standard call for help would go something like: “Mayday, mayday, mayday, this is Tango Charlie Two Four. We are taking on water in position 24 miles east south east of Miami. We are heading due West at 3 knots with one pump on line and 3 souls onboard.” When a mariner broadcasts that message over the marine band hail and distress frequency (Channel 16) an

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