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Alpha Flag
Alpha Flag
Alpha Flag
noun - Alpha flag is a blue-and-white swallow tailed signal flag that is used under international maritime tradition and law. The International Code of Signals has established alpha flag to mean, "I have a diver down; keep well clear at slow speed."

U.S. Coast Guard regulates its use in Rule 27e (Vessel Engaged in Diving Operations), "Whenever the size of a vessel engaged in diving operations makes it impracticable to exhibit all lights and shapes prescribed in this Rule, the following shall be exhibited:

Three all-round lights in a vertical line where they can best be seen. The highest and lowest of these lights shall be red and the middle light shall be white; a rigid replica of the International Code flag "A" not less than 1 meter in height. Measures shall be taken to ensure its all-round visibility."

The alpha flag is established and recognized internationally for divers who are mostly below the surface of the water.

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