Ocean Signal’s new rescueME Electronic Distress Flare is a super-bright, reusable hand-held signalling device that is suitable for use on craft of all sizes, including small runabouts, PWCs and kayaks.
Powered by long-life replaceable batteries, the new rescueME Electronic Distress Flare (EDF1) is compact, waterproof to IP67 standard and very easy to operate.
Unlike traditional pyrotechnic flares, the EDF1 uses advanced ultra-intensive LED lighting. This means it is very safe to use and can provide a constant light output for up to 6 hours at a time. Because the EDF1 is battery powered, it can be used multiple times and the batteries are also easy to replace.
With three modes of operation and SOS signalling, the EDF1 boasts a range of up to 11.2 kilometres with superb 360-degree visibility in the Azimuth. This provides excellent visibility for both aircraft/helicopter and land/sea based search and rescue teams.
Able to be turned on and off as required and with a changeable light pattern (to differentiate it from a channel marker or other nautical lights), the EDF1 is extremely compact, standing just 187mm high with a width of only 42mm. It weighs just 155g and its compact, rugged design means that it can be used in any land or sea based emergency situation.
“Because the new rescueME Electronic Distress Flare doesn’t deteriorate over time like a conventional flare, it is ideal for use in smaller vessels, kayaks and jetskis where there is a lot of moisture and spray,” says Paul Bartley, electrical product manager at New Zealand Ocean Signal distributor, Lusty & Blundell.
“Because it is both compact and elegant, it is also easy to keep close at hand, in a pocket or open locker.”
The EDF1 is Ocean Safety’s third innovative safety device in the last six months. The first was the popular rescueME PLB1 – the world’s smallest PLB. The second was the recently released rescueME EPIRB1 – the world’s most compact EPIRB.
The new Ocean Signal rescueME Electronic Distress Flare is available nationwide through Lusty & Blundell’s network of marine dealers. Product and dealer information is available from Lusty and Blundell on (09) 415-8303 or at Lusty & Blundell.