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While wear­ing a good PFD can save your life, equip­ping your de­vice with a few added safety items can help res­cuers find you, and shorten your time in the wa­ter.

D-rings on many PFDS al­low you to at­tach a whis­tle on a short, coiled cord. A small, wa­ter­proof flash­ing LED light, such as the type used by run­ners and cy­clists, can help search and res­cue teams spot you at night.

Bet­ter yet, con­sider adding a com­pact per­sonal lo­ca­tor bea­con (PLB) such as those made by ACR, Ocean Sig­nal or Mc­murdo, or a satel­lite mes­sen­ger like the Spot. These com­pact, bat­tery-pow­ered de­vices trans­mit a sig­nal with your pre­cise GPS co­or­di­nates, al­low­ing res­cuers to eas­ily lo­cate you on even the dark­est night.

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