“Laser Flares” and Their Use when being Rescued 

This note presents the results of the work of CCA member John Brooks in investigating the position of the U. S. Coast Guard with regard to “laser flares”. It also contains some description of the devices and links to other information about the devices. 

Concise Results

The Coast Guard has not studied laser flares to determine if they are viable SAR tools, and COLREGS does not include them as “rescue signals”.  Laser flares fall under the heading of “signals to attract attention" by USCG/COLREGS definitions.