Ships are a dangerous place to be, even in peace time or in port. When at sea there is no external fire or police department to call, the ships crew must do everything. During emergencies, to save the ship, every sailor about ship has a specific job to do.
Abandon Ship: Used when the ship is in such a condition that it may sink or it is an extreme danger to the crew, and the crew must leave the ship. It may only be ordered by the Commanding Officer. Word passed is "Prepare to abandon ship, nearest land is ___ degrees (magnetic), friendly/unfriendly(whether the local people are friend or foe), distance to land, temperature of the water, and deep or shallow water destruction instruction (in water less than 100 fathoms, important documents must be burned. In water greater than 100 fathoms, they may go down with the ship. " All headings are given in magnetic bearings so a compass can be used to navigate life rafts. When ordered, the crew will grab their life jackets and report to their abandon ship stations.
Man Overboard: Used when it is believed that a crew member may have fallen overboard. When called, all personnel will physically report to their divisions. Divisions will muster their assigned personnel and report the results to their departments. Departments will report the names of any unaccounted for personnel to the bridge. Bridge will call over the 1MC the names of the unaccounted for personnel and order them to report to the bridge. This process is used to identify who is unaccounted for and may be overboard.
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