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Step 1: Get the receiver's attention
Get the attention of the person you wish to send the signal to by waving both of your flags repeatedly overhead in a scissor-like motion.
Step 2: Wait for acknowledgment
Wait for the receiving party to send the semaphore letter K with their flags. This is the signal to proceed.
There are unique flag positions for each letter of the alphabet.
Step 3: Transmit N-C
Transmit the letters N-C using your semaphore flags. Move directly from the N position to the C position without stopping.
In the International Code of Signals the letters N-C stand for "I am in distress and require immediate assistance."
Step 4: Bring your flags down
Bring your flags down in front of you with the flag staffs crossing each other after you have finished.
Step 5: Wait for acknowledgment
Wait for the receiver to send the letter C, acknowledging your distress call. If your message was not received, they will send the letters I-M-I. If this happens, resend your message.
Did You Know?
The International Code of Signals was drafted in 1,855 by the British Board of Trade.