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If pyrotechnic VDSs are used, a minimum of three must be carried in the vessel. Also, pyrotechnic VDSs must be dated and may not be carried past their expiration date.

The following combinations of signals are examples of VDSs that could be carried on board to satisfy USCG 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