“GRAB-BAG” survival bag at sea.

Golden rules:

  1. Store in place where it is easy to grab
    2. Must float also when fully loaded
    3.    Two separate bags (connected!) may be easier to handle
    4.    Rather a bag than a “survival west” that may be to heavy and cumbersome
  2. Content to be checked every 2nd week (condensation etc.)
    6. Batteries for SATphone to be charged and rotated every 2nd week
    7.    A line to attach grabbag to lifejacket or wrist




Content: (may differ if particular aviation or national restrictions prevail)

  1. To set off the alert
  2. EPIRB normally attached to craft but to grab in case of abandonment
  3. PLB ACR
  4. MOB AISalert  

Reason for the two units is that the AIS alert will be picked up onboard   vessels in the vicinity and the 406 alert will be picked up by SAR center and the 121.5 homing frequency picked up by vessels and aircraft.

  1. To communicate
  2. Satellite phone
  3. Handheld VHF


  1. To be seen
  2. Torch waterproof
  3. Strobe light
  4. Flares
  5. Smoke
  6. Dye
  7. Signaling mirror


  1. To survive
  2. Automatic lifejacket w. strobelight
  3. Repair kit for liferaft
  4. Bailer
  5. Watermaker / Desalinator
  6. Thermal protection blanket
  7. Chemical heat pack
  8. Knife
  9. Emergency food rations
  10. Seasick tablets
  11. Fishing kit
  12. Medicine if essential
  13. Spectacles if essential
  14. Antiseptic wipes


  1. In addition
  2. Satellite tracker
  3. GPS
  4. ID card
  5. 2nd battery for satphone
  6. 2nd battery for VHF
  7. Foldable solar panel
  8. Cyalume light sticks
  9. Water ration in small pouched
  10. Dried fruit,
  11. Waterproof matches or storm lighter
  12. Waterproof notebook and pen


  1. In liferaft if possible
  2. Liferaft pump
  3. Repair kit
  4. Sea anchor
  5. Bailer & sponge