V – Victor and L – Lima

The signal flag VICTOR – V – is represented by a white flag with a red “X” that reaches the four corners of the flag. This flag communicates that the vessel requires immediate attention or assistance. It would have been likely used if the vessel was grounded onto a sandbar or a reef, a mechanical or engine malfunction, or even just asking for assistance to safely enter or leave a port / harbor.

The black and yellow checkered flag is for the signal flag LIMA – L – which communicates to other boats that they should stop instantly. This is used to prevent any danger from occurring, such as running aground or into something. When both are used together, they warn nearby vessels there is a severe storm approaching and that precautionary measures need to be taken. 

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