Recognized distress signals for boaters
The operator of a pleasure craft shall recognize, use or display the following signals to show distress and need of assistance. KNOW AND RECOGNIZE THEM!
- Arm signal: outstretch your arms on each side and do slow repetitive gestures from top to bottom. (Do not use this technique near a helicopter because this gesture does not mean the same thing to a helicopter pilot);
- Emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRB): this is used to signal an emergency location;
- Signal transmitted by radiotelephony or by any other signal system
- S O S (…---…) in Morse code or possibly using a flashlight;
- A shot gun or other explosive signal may be fired at intervals of about 1 minute;
- A continuous sound with any fog-signalling device;
- Rockets or shells that shoot up red stars one at a time at short intervals;
- Use distress flags N and C from the International Code of Signals;
- A piece of orange canvas with a black square and a black circle;
- A dye marker;
- A square shape;
- A high intensity white light flashed at regular intervals of 50 to 70 times per minute;
- A signal consisting of a square flag with a ball or anything resembling a ball.
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