Security at sea

Those involved

Staff available 24h/24, as well as additional staff in the straits and ports of La Rochelle


Fire fighters from the regional fire and emergency services for the Charente Maritime area



Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (French Organisation for Sea Rescue)

Dragon 17

Civil security helicopter


Guépard Yankee

National navy helicopter at La Rochelle


Any information regarding safety at sea, as well as the regulations, can be found on the website of the Department for Issues concerning the Environment, Energy and the Sea (Ministère de l’Environnement, de l’énergie et de la Mer)

Number to dial to contact CROSS ÉTEL (emergency number): 196

On a BLU station Fréquence 2182
On an on-board VHF station Canal 16
Digital Selective Calling Canal 70
Make sure that VHF channels 16 or 09 are never blocked
due to private conversations taking place between yachtsmen.

Where possible, please arrange an extra channel in advance and enter into dual stand-by (this system exists on most VHF devices).
In any case, medical consultations performed via radio by the ccMM (Centre de consultation médicale maritime, Medical marine consultation centre) are free of charge and are strictly covered by the obligation of medical confidentiality.

SNSM La Rochelle : 05 46 45 41 87
Harbourmaster’s office : 05 46 44 41 20
VHF : channel 09