Quick Answer: What Determines The Number And Type Of Distress Flares Required On A Pleasure Boat?

What is the first thing you do in a boating accident?

If you are involved in a boating accident and the boat is still afloat and you are aboard, then the first thing to do is to determine whether you or anyone else needs medical attention.

If anyone has fallen overboard, then you should assist the victim back onto the boat when possible..

Are LED flares Coast Guard approved?

Of the four LED lights, only the white Sirius Signal SOS Distress Light, manufactured by Weems & Plath, is Coast Guard compliant. Simply put, this is the only device (electronic or otherwise) that can take the place of pyrotechnic flares.

Is setting off a flare illegal?

It is an offence to carry or use any explosive, flare or firework in a national park (maximum penalty is $3,300). The only exception to this would be if the person is complying with NSW Maritime legislation and carrying flares as safety equipment for use in emergencies when boating.

What should be done before using distress flares?

Read the manufacturer’s instructions before using flares. Pistol-launched and hand-held parachute flares have many characteristics of a firearm and must be handled with caution. Make sure that you fire aerial flares into the wind at an angle. In strong winds, keep the firing angle at less than 45 degrees.

What is a pyrotechnic VDS?

If there is one type of boating safety equipment you are unlikely to use until you need it in an emergency, it’s pyrotechnic/visual distress signals: flares, rockets, smoke signals, and other attention-getting devices that burn, sputter, smoke, or explode.

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 Ask the manufacturer how to dispose of your outdated flares.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.

How long do boat flares last?

three yearsMost flares have a use-by date of three years and they must be replaced before the expiry date.

What is a non pyrotechnic VDS during the day?

Visual Distress Signals (VDS) Visual distress signals include day signals that are visible in sunlight, night signals that are visible in the dark, and anytime signals that can be used both day and night. VDS are either pyrotechnic, which use smoke and flame, or non-pyrotechnic, which are non-combustible.

What do you do if you see a visual distress signal?

Arm signal Or, within sight of another person, you can signal distress by extending both arms out and raising them up and down. Arm signal does not meet equipment requirements but if you do not have any other distress signals, wave your arms to summon HELP.

What is the universal distress signal?

SOS is still recognized as a standard distress signal that may be used with any signaling method. It has been used as a visual distress signal, consisting of three short/three long/three short flashes of light, such as from a survival mirror.

What does a distress signal look like?

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.

What is required to send a distress signal through VHF?

You can use a maritime VHF radio to signal distress: Use maritime VHF Channel 16 and repeat ‘Pan Pan’ three times to signal the need for assistance. Use VHF Channel 16 and repeat ‘Mayday’ three times to signal imminent danger and/or a life-threatening situation.

What determines how many flares you need on a boat?

Sailboats and powerboats over 9 metres and up to 12 metres (29.5 feet to 39.4 feet) in length must have: 12 type A, B*, C, or D flares (no more than 6 type D) and… A watertight flashlight.

When must a pleasure craft vessel carry pyrotechnic distress signals flares on board?

You are required to carry flares if operating on any ocean or if operating on a waterway where you may be further than 1 nautical mile from shore. You are not required to carry flares if you are operating on a river, canal or lake on which at no time your boat can be more than 1 nautical mile from shore.

What are the 3 types of visual distress signals?

Types of Visual Distress SignalsThree hand-held red flares (day and night). Flares must be under 42 months of age.One electric distress light (night only).One hand-held red flare and two parachute flares (day and night).