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  flares vs. laser
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-23-08 2:11 PM (EST)

The size of the laser is such that I would consider it an added safety/survival device. Flares work by size of flare and frequency so you'd have to carry quite a few. I think having both would be the prudent move. Flares work best, in my opinion, to draw the rescuer closer and closer.

Large, omni-directional to lead rescuer to a certain bay, slightly smaller flare to lead to a certain shoreline of the bay and finally the pencil flares or similar to lead then in to your spot on the beach or whatever.

One would have to continually manipulate the laser to keep its beam on the rescuer and drawing him/her in.

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