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VDS - Non-Pyrotechnic: Electric Light
Electric Light — Night Signal: The electric distress light is accepted for night use only and must flash the international SOS distress signal automatically.

VDS - Non-Pyrotechnic: Orange Flag
Orange Flag — Day Signal: The distress flag is a day signal only. It must be at least 3 x 3 feet with a black square and ball on an orange background.
VDS - Non-Pyrotechnic: Arm Signal
Arm Signal: Although this signal does not meet VDS equipment requirements, wave your arms to summon help if you do not have other distress signals on board.