Non-Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals
Non-pyrotechnic VDSs must carry the manufacturer's certification that they meet Coast Guard requirements. They must be in serviceable condition and stowed to be readily accessible. This group includes:
- Electric distress lights
- Orange distress flag
Consideration should be given to carrying several types. For example, an aerial flare can be seen over a long distance on a clear night, but for closer work, a handheld flare may be more useful.