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Flag Combinations

The purpose of the International Code of Signals is to provide ways and means of communication in situations related essen- tially to safety of navigation and persons, especially when language difficulties arise. In the preparation of the Code, account was taken of the fact that wide application of radiotelephony and radiotelegraphy can provide simple and effective means of communication in plain language whenever language difficulties do not exist.

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Flag Code Code Section Sub-Section Meaning
DC DC DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat should endeavor to land where flag is waved or light is shown.
CY CY DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat(s) is(are) coming to you.
DA DA DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat(s)/raft(s) should approach vessel as near as possible to take off persons.
CW CW 8 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat/raft has capsized.
CY CY 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat/raft has reached the shore.
CW CW 7 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat/raft has sunk.
CW CW 3 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat/raft is adrift.
CW CW 4 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat/raft is aground.
CW CW 5 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat/raft is alongside.
CW CW 6 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat/raft is damaged.
CW CW 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat/raft is in sight.
CY CY 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat/raft is making for the shore.
CW CW DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat/raft is on board.
CW CW 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boat/raft is safe.
DD DD DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boats are not allowed to come alongside.
RR *RR MANEUVERS LANDING-BOARDING Boats are not allowed to land (after time indicated
DD DD 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boats are not allowed to land (after time indicated).
CX CX 1 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boats cannot be used because of prevailing weather conditions.
CX CX 3 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boats cannot be used on the port side because of list.
CX CX 2 DISTRESS-EMERGENCY BOATS-RAFTS Boats cannot be used on the starboard side because of list.

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