Rescue Safety Lights & Strobes II

NASS pumps up the brilliance, but testers lean toward vest-mounted types that meet standards.

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A personal rescue strobe is a small signaling light intended to be attached to a PFD so if a boat crew member goes overboard, their position will be visible to those left on board. Since we last looked at personal rescue strobes theres been some new developments in the intensity of the light that can be generated from a small handheld strobe (see PS February 2016). Strobes can be manual or automatic (water activated) and…
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