HC Deb 30 May 1912 vol 38 c1572

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the advisability of introducing legislation to provide that the master of a British ship who wilfully or through negligence disregards appeals for assistance made by a vessel in distress at sea shall be liable to punishment or penalty for such disregard?


I will consider whether it is necessary to amend the existing law with regard to this matter. I would point out, however, that although the Merchant Shipping Acts, do not make it a punishable offence not to render assistance when a vessel in distress appeals for it, the Maritime Conventions Act, 1911, Section 6, makes it a general duty to render assistance to persons in danger at sea.