For example, I’m paddling, get rolled in surf, and dislocate my shoulder coming up. I’m out of my kayak on the beach of a deserted barrier island and it’s getting dark.
I’m paddling in an area I haven’t been before, I thought I could navigate back to the landing through the salt marshes using my chart but now I’m confused as to where I even am, and it’s getting dark.
I’m paddling at the mouth of a narrow bay, working harder than I thought to get back to the ramp. The wind is blowing against me and the tidal currents, which have at least an hour to go to max ebb, aren’t helping. My arms are staring to cramp. I’m being flushed out to sea, and it’s getting dark.
Not sure that any of these scenarios qualify as grave and imminent danger but I need assistance in each. Maybe I should go to channel 16 and say something like “Boater in distress” rather than mayday???