SOS Distress Light Electronic Flare with Distress Flag


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Model # 17466988 | Mfg # C-1001 | UPC # 852110006003

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A U.S. Coast Guard Approved alternative to flares!

The SOS Distress Light is the first and only LED Visual Distress Signal Device that meets U.S. Coast Guard requirements to completely replace traditional pyrotechnic flares. Unlike traditional flares, this electronic flare never expires which solves the challenge of flare disposal.

Omni-directional horizontal beam plus vertical beam: SOS Distress Light is an LED SOS visual distress signal powered by a high-performance, programmable microprocessor controlling an SOS signal flashed though a potent CREE LED bulb. Provides an omni-directional light display for surface rescue craft and a vertical beam visible to aircraft flying overhead.

Safer Than Flares; Safe for the Environment

  • The SOS Distress Light is the first and only LED Visual Distress Signal device accepted to completely replace dangerous and environmentally harmful pyrotechnic flares
  • Complies with all U.S. Coast Guard requirements for "Night Visual Distress Signals" 46 CFR 161.013
  • When combined with the included daytime distress signal flag, meets all USCG Federal Requirements for carriage of day and night
  • Designed, engineered, patented, and produced in the USA
  • One time purchase: no expiration date and no disposal is needed

Family Safe

  • Simple On/Off switch
  • Visible for over 10 nautical miles
  • Environmentally safe battery-operated
  • Powered by three C-batteries (sold separately)
  • Buoyant, and lightweight SOS Distress Light, can be handheld, tethered or hoisted aloft
  • Lasts hours compared to flares, which last minutes, or meteor flares which last mere seconds

Distress Flag Included

  • The Coast Guard-compliant Orange Distress Flag fulfills the legal requirement for "Day Visual Distress Signal for Boats" (46 CFR 160.072)
  • The black square and black circle pattern on this orange 36" x 36" Distress Flag has proven to be a literal lifesaver in countless daytime aerial searches
  • Made from a durable orange plastic with brass grommets in each corner, the distress flag, when paired with the SOS C-1001 visual distress signal, meets USCG Federal Requirements for carriage of day and night visual distress signals
  • Includes cord for attachment


  • Dimensions: 8 1/2" H x 4 1/2" dia.
  • Visibility: Visible for over 10 nautical miles
  • Burn Time: 60 hours at specified intensity 
  • Light Output:: 75 candela
  • Pattern: flashes S—O—S 
  • Buoyancy: Floats upright, may be used by person in water 
  • Power Source: Three Alkaline C-batteries (sold separately and user-replaceable)
  • Approvals: Fulfills all Coast Guard requirements (46 CFR 161.013) for marine distress signals when combined with the included Distress Flag


SOS Distress Light Electronic Flare with Distress Flag

Name Value
Alert / Locate Alert
Burn Time 60 Hours
Color White
Pyrotechnics Electronic Flare
Type Day/Night
Dimensions 4 1/2" Width x 8 1/2" Height


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