Distress cases involving the use of flare signals comprise about 3 to 6 percent of the search and rescue (SAR) caseload of the U.S. Coast Guard, from 2000 to 4000 cases per year. These flare cases can involve certain difficulties: datum determination, target uncertainty, related planning problems, and search termination issues. These problems combine with a lack of policy as to service standards and procedures, a lack of adequate training, and a human factors element influenced by the high incidence of suspended and unresolved cases, to unnecessarily reduce response efficiency and effectiveness and to increase the risk of failure. This article discusses various situations in the context of these problems and offers advice on ways to improve SAR performance in flare cases.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Journal article
  • Authors:
    • Garrett, G D
  • Publication Date: 1989

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  • Accession Number: 00657929
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM