distress call

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an internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is needed

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56km) from Ujung Kulon when it made the distress call," Mr Prakoso later said.
The distress calls, which appear to be a tactic aimed at getting authorities to transfer passengers to Christmas Island, are the latest in a series of incidents, with 94 people estimated to have drowned after two boats went down on the perilous sea route in recent weeks.
17: JACK Phillips sends last distress call and captain tells remaining crew and passengers it's every man for himself.
Mr Al Mahmeed said that Al Wefaq's decision to send a distress call was awkward.
local time, the Indian-flagged Motor Vessel Premdivya sent a distress call to all ships in the area reporting that she had been fired upon by a small skiff, and suspected pirates were attempting to board it.
Rescue boats and helicopter crews scoured the sea around Shetland on Saturday after the distress call came in at 3pm.
Yemeni sources said that the pirates pursued the tanker, but it sent a distress call to the Coast Guards in the area which immediately offered help.
But an LAPD helicopter crew, who overheard Sternberg's distress call, rushed to light the way for Sternberg and his student pilot.
After receiving the distress call, Coast Guard crews flew out to help two people from the boat's crew who were looking for Yan.
The crew of the first Coast Guard helicopter out of McKinleyville reached the crash site two hours after getting the distress call.
The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) apprehended seven suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden last February after responding to a distress call from a nearby merchant vessel.
It said a South Korean warship operating in the Gulf of Aden as part of a multinational anti-piracy group received a distress call from the North Korean vessel Dabaksol and immediately sent an antisubmarine attack helicopter to investigate.
UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch officials state that the distress call was "brief" and that the aircraft, identified as G-REDL, was "seen to descend rapidly" and strike the surface of the sea.
5cm) touch screen PC from JLT UK to provide the computing power to run its combination Ultima bio-acoustic distress call and compliant data logging system.