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The following combinations of signals are examples of VDSs that could be carried on board to satisfy U.S. Coast Guard requirements:

  • Three handheld red flares (day and night)
Distress Signals Handheld Red Flares
  • One handheld red flare and two red meteors (day and night)
Distress Signals Handheld Red Flare and Meteors
  • One handheld orange smoke signal (day), two floating orange smoke signals (day), and one electric light (night only)
Distress Signals Floating and Handheld Orange Smoke and Electric Light