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Signaling Distress ..

Some distress signals can only be used in daylight conditions.

Distress Cloth / Code Flags

Distress Cloth / Code Flag on a boat.

Orange cloth/flag with a black circle and square shape, or an N over C.
Fly the distress cloth from the mast or place it on top of the boat.

Arm Signal

Man wearing a lifejacket doing arm signals to signal distress.

Raising and lowering outstretched arms repeatedly.

Dye Marker

A boat with orange die around it as a distress signal.

Orange dye released into the water is recognised as a distress signal.

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