Regulation 8 - Life Saving Signals


  • Contracting Governments to ensure that standard signals are used during SAR operations.
Regulation 8

Contracting Governments undertake to arrange that life-saving signals are used by search and rescue facilities engaged in search and rescue operations when communicating with ships or persons in distress.


MCA Guidance
1. This Regulation is self-explanatory. The international lifesaving signals are contained in the IAMSAR Manual and the International Code of Signals. (Obtainable from IMO Publications
2. Refer to Regulation 29 which requires the ready availability to the OOW of a table describing the lifesaving signals.

Details of lifesaving signals are provided in the MCA leaflet LIFESAVING SIGNALS for Ships, Aircraft or Persons in Distress.




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