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What is the purpose of a visual distress signal?
The purpose of the regulation is to assure that boaters have a way of attracting attention and securing assistance should the need arise. Properly used visual distress signals will also help reduce the time it takes to locate a boat in difficulty when a search is underway.
What does distress signal look like?
A distress signal can be three fires or piles of rocks in a triangle, three blasts on a whistle, three shots from a firearm, or three flashes of a light, in succession followed by a one-minute pause and repeated until a response is received. Three blasts or flashes is the appropriate response.
How many visual distress signals are required?
If pyrotechnic devices are selected, a minimum of three must be carried. Any combination can be carried as long as they add up to three signals for day use and three signals for night use.
What do orange flares mean?
The Orange Smoke Flare (daytime use only) with red hand flare in the background. Very effective in daylight, especially to mark your position for a helicopter, and to show the wind direction to assist the helicopter crew in your rescue. Also used to mark emergency helicopter landing sites, and show wind direction.
What is a visual signal?
Visual signals are any means of communication that require sight and can be used to transmit prearranged messages rapidly over short dis- tances. This includes the devices and means used for the recognition and identification of friendly forces. 1-2. Types of Visual Signals.
What is a common feature of distress flares?
An other common feature of distress flares is that they are valid four years from the date of manufacture, which is stamped on every flare. Ask the manufacturer how to dispose of your outdated flares. Visual signals are not required for boats up to 6m and for human-powered boats.
Which visual distress signal is acceptable for daily use only?
Floating and handheld red-smoke flares are approved for daytime use only. Red flares, whether handheld or aerial, are for daytime and nighttime uses. The notable difference among them is the distance from which they are visible to a rescuer at sea level.
What do green flares mean?
In the military green flares are used as I recall to indicate safety.