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The following are some of the signals that are recognized as indicating
distress and need of assistance.
|SIGNALS||Short Blast - 1 second
Prolonged Blast - 4 to 6 seconds
|CROSS SIGNALS||Use of cross signals, answering one
signal with two or with one, is forbidden.
|REVERSE||Three short blasts indicate engines going astern(in reverse).|
|CROSSING||Give-way vessel, vessel which has
the other on the starboard(right(, keeps out of the way and avoids crossing
ahead of stand-on vessel. Stand-on vessel holds course and speed.
|DANGER||Five or more short blasts sounded in rapid succession indicates risk of collision or intent of other vessel not understood.|
|REDUCED VISIBILITY||Power-driven vessels
|MEETING HEAD-ON OR NEARLY SO||One short blast. Both vessels alter
course to starboard(right) to pass port (left) to port.
One or two short blasts
|CALIFORNIA UNIFORM WATERWAY MARKER SYSTEM||
AIDS TO NAVIGATION
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