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Distress Flares: The Low-Tech, Last-Ditch Option That Might Just Save You

With the arsenal of distress signaling options available to mariners now, there are a lot of things that have to malfunction before you’ll find yourself rummaging for flares in your emergency kit. But should the unfortunate situation arise where flares are all you’ve got, here are a few important things to keep in mind. All distress signaling devices have pros and cons. Flares may be a ‘last-ditch’ choice, but if used correctly, parachute flares can be seen upwards of 40 miles ...