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Old 21 March 2009, 14:52   #61
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Before I go on, I must state that am an Authorised UK Importer & Reseller of Rescue Laser Flares; and owner of the site mentioned before on this forum that sells them.
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I ... am an Authorised UK Importer & Reseller of Rescue Laser Flares [and] I still carry parachute flares on my boat, as last resort, since these can be seen in all directions.
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Old 22 March 2009, 15:32   #63
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Having read all this I suppose I better get a basic flares pack asap!
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one big adavantage with a para flare is they are in a sense a fire and forget ,once fired you can ,collapse on deck , ie get on the radio ,plug the hole ,start bailing,attend the injured ,get the liferaft deployed ,where as if you have to start aiming lazer beams at potential rescuers thats what you are going to have to concentrate on ,,i suppose danging a lazer flare on a kite or balloon may help .as long as a its not in a gale ,the lazer types may be well seen from 20 miles away ,as long as your stood on the bridge of a large ship but not if you are if couple of feet above sea level as in a small boat .
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Hence my statement:

Laser Rescue flare is designed to be used as pinpoint instead of parachute replacement. To guide rescuers to your location. (How many times you watched the TV rescue shows where the Helicopter cant find the causality.)

....Maybe i should have added.. "after you used other means to summon help, eg VHF, PLB, EPRiB or even the dreaded mobile phone!"

The Kite idea won't work! The Laser Flare must be used in accordance with the instructions to make it effective.

I have been to RNLI (Ian from Seaskills), Flare's demo (was part of the RYA sea survival course) and it was a very useful to see the pyrotechnics flares in action close up. The white pinpoints we used looked/are lethal, and i thought where in a RIB could i set one of these off! without wrecking my tubes.

The White Parachutes we released were impressive, the recoil on these was quick surprising and i had already was warned about it!

Thanks Ian, for welcoming me to RIB.net on my own right, just catching up on mails etc after Diesel Course.

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Old 22 March 2009, 20:59   #66
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Flare Disposal

The last post which mentioned a flare demo made me wonder:

We are regularly told that using up your old handheld red & smoke flares on bonfire night is illegal "because they can only be used in an emergency" but yet it seems to be Ok for them to be let off as demos up and down the country. (I'm excluding parachute flares from this question to avoid discussions about the descending parachute setting things alight)

I'd therefore be interested if someone could post up the exact wording of the legislation which prohibits setting off flares other than in an emergency, and also the section which allows them to be used as demos and defines the circumstances, including who has authority to permit this use.

I have seen (though I forget where) a prohibition on using a flare so as to cause a false alarm, but I don't think a cloud of yellow smoke on bonfire night in say Gloucester would do that.
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Two things:

1) ALL flares used at flare demos are WHITE this indicates collision/look am here. We were told using RED even at a flare demo is illegal not to mention all the safety protocols in place contacting coastguard etc before and after.

2) Quote from RNLI Press release:

" ‘The firing of a RED flare in a non distress situation is illegal under the Merchant Shipping Act and could divert valuable search and rescue assets away from a genuine search and rescue emergency. Marine distress flares are NOT fireworks, and if used incorrectly can be extremely dangerous. "

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http://www.rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/pr...ticleid=382335

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Two things:

1) ALL flares used at flare demos are WHITE this indicates collision/look am here. We were told using RED even at a flare demo is illegal not to mention all the safety protocols in place contacting coastguard etc before and after.

2) Quote from RNLI Press release:

" ‘The firing of a RED flare in a non distress situation is illegal under the Merchant Shipping Act and could divert valuable search and rescue assets away from a genuine search and rescue emergency. Marine distress flares are NOT fireworks, and if used incorrectly can be extremely dangerous. "

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http://www.rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/pr...ticleid=382335

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But the question is WHERE does it state its illegal . I could tell you that eating sausage rolls is illegal - it doen't mean I am right ! It has been posted by a well respected organisation that they just phone the CG a few minutes prior to a demo & after . I think there was a thread about where it says its illegal - but no-one can see to find which bit of the MSA states its illegal .......

I have also seen the RNLI fire red smokes on exercise (clearly not an emergency) & demo ( maybe RIBEX or Soton boat show - cant recall which ) are they breaking the law - I think not ...........
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of the major govening bodys ,they will all to cover there own intrests ,say that its illegal to set of a flare in a non emergency ,
as far as i was told they are now classified under pyrotecnics regulations ,in acoastal area yes a bit silly but as i said before . but how does one see the difference on say bonfire night well inland ,regards burning handheld flares on ribs ,inflatables ,liferafts ,your paddle or boat hook with an open ended tube will help keep the dross from setting your boat on fire ,and if possible keep down wind .
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I have also seen the RNLI fire red smokes on exercise (clearly not an emergency) & demo ( maybe RIBEX or Soton boat show - cant recall which ) are they breaking the law - I think not ...........
Don't want to split hairs, but the smokes are orange
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