Distress flares are vital to boating safety, but pyrotechnic flares can pose a safety hazard to people not trained in their use. In addition, expired flares can create environmental hazards through leaching chemicals when disposed of in landfills or at sea. As an alternative, the Coast Guard has been researching the suitability of light emitting diode (LED) devices as effective distress signals through its Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program.
We are half way through our list of 40 nominations for this year’s Coast Guard Photo Contest People’s Choice award. Below is the next set of photos taking you behind the scenes and into the daily lives of your Coast Guard men and women… To vote, just click on the picture(s) below that you like