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NEW Daytime Visual Distress Signal to Debut at the Annapolis Sailboat Show

Sirius Signal LLC Introduces Highly Visible, Flying Signal

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sirius Signal will demonstrate their latest product innovation, the Sirius Aero Foil Model AF-1 Daytime Visual Distress Signal (DVDS) for recreational boaters on October 6 in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Aero Foil AF-1 is constructed of helium-filled mylar parafoil that inflates when deployed. In case of an emergency, boaters will hold the canister that the device is housed in, open the top cover to remove the AF-1 and activate. The device will then automatically inflate and rise to 100 feet, where it can stay aloft for up to several days.

Consistent with the company’s environmentally sound and safe non-pyrotechnic approach to distress signals, the Aero Foil AF-1 has been developed for possible U.S. Coast Guard compliance and will be superior to current pyrotechnics.

In order to meet daytime distress signal requirements, boaters can currently choose between the U.S. Coast Guard-approved pyrotechnics or the daytime distress flag.

“We wanted to create a product for boaters that is highly visible and long-lasting in daytime emergencies and that first responders can reliably identify from the air or water. The USCG claims that almost all rescues begin with a call for help via cell phone, VHF radio or Epirb. The challenge is to be seen by first responders who can often take two hours to locate boaters in distress once the call for help has been received. A distinct colored signal shape that can stay aloft over the boat for days is the fastest way to be located,” said Anthony Covelli, CEO of Sirius Signal.

The non-pyrotechnic Aero Foil AF-1 revolutionizes DVDS by providing a safer, more effective option for boaters.

The Innovative Sirius Aero Foil Model AF-1 will be shown on October 6th in Annapolis, Maryland.

About Sirius Signal LLC

Sirius Signal is a San Diego, CA-based company that designs and engineers marine safety products that are environmentally friendly. Sirius Signal engineered the SOS Distress Light for night use that is manufactured and distributed by Weems & Plath. Weems & Plath is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland. www.siriussignal.com


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