Alert for use Red Rocket Parachute Flare L-35 (Pirolec)

The Dutch Safety Board issues an alert for the use of the Red Rocket Parachute Flare L-35 / L-35A (Pirolec), batch 0525/2021 – 113. This alert arises from the preliminary investigation into an accident on a sailing ship in the Pacific Ocean on 1 January 2023. The flare was fired according to instructions, but exploded immediately with fatal consequences.

The Dutch Safety Board started a preliminary investigation after the accident. It is unclear why the flare exploded immediately. There is a risk that it is not a one-off incident. Therefore the Dutch Safety Board issues an alert as a precaution and calls on all owners of this particular flare from this batch to not use these and to replace them as soon as possible.

You can read the full alert here.