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    Re: lifeboat navigation
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2002 Oct 23, 16:00 -0400

    Dan-
     
     There are canned emergency "balloons" on the market. Basically a mylar helium 
    balloon in a sealed metal can under pressure, so it actually opens up and 
    expands when the can is open. These were I think originally designed for 
    divers in the water as well as small craft, to make a larger target out of 
    the small one.
     More things that are nice IF they work when they are needed.
    One of the simplest has been a large roll of very thin bright orange 
    plastic--it floats on the water, rolls up into nothing, and spotting a 30' 
    long two foot wide orange mark on the water is apparently much easier from 
    the air.
    
    
    

       
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