whistle, a first-aid kit, a distress signal kit, and
containers of freshwater.
Survival kits in the large boats are designed to
sustain 15 to 20 people for 5 days on regular
SIGNAL EQUIPMENT.Using signaling
equipment in the lifeboat correctly might be the
difference between rescue or remaining adrift. The
opportunity to attract the attention of friendly aircraft or
surface vessels may pass quickly; you must be prepared
at all times to use the signaling equipment.
The following chart (next page) describes how to
use signaling equipment.
CARE AND USE OF SURVIVAL AND
SIGNAL EQUIPMENT.When using survival and
signal equipment, stow it in containers for safekeeping
and protection against the elements. Some of the items,
such as the mirror and whistle, have a lanyard for
wearing around the neck. Keep all items as dry as
possible. After using any item, replace it in its container.
Protect flashlights and knives from salt spray;
otherwise, they will soon become corroded. About the
only items that should be left out continuously are the
EQUIPMENT FOR OBTAINING WATER.
Never discard (throw away) any article that will hold
water. When it rains, every container that can possibly
hold water is invaluable. A rain-catcher tube attached to
the lifeboat canopy will help you fill the containers.
Even in a light rain, some water will drain from the
canopy down through the tube. After filling all available
Figure 15-6.Inflatable lifeboat.