Ways to signal distress
Here you can find some of the internationally recognised signals that indicate distress and a vessel in need of assistance.
Use of these signals except for the purpose of indicating distress is prohibited.
|Rockets or shells, throwing red stars fired one at a time at short intervals.|
|A smoke signal giving off orange-coloured smoke|
|Slowly and repeatedly raising and lowering arms outstretched to each side.|
A rectangle of the internationally accepted colour orange material with a black letter V
A black square and circle
A square flag having above or below it a ball or anything resembling a ball.
The international Code Signal of Distress indicated by NC.
A rocket parachute flare or a hand-held flare showing a red light. See using distress flares.
A signal made by any light or sound signalling method consisting of the group in the Morse Code - SOS.
A signal sent by radio consisting of the spoken word "mayday". See using marine radio.
Activating an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB). See using distress beacons.