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a prearranged communication code sign indicating that the sender is in a situation of peril, distress, or the like, as SOS, Mayday, etc.
a communication prompted by or indicating distress:
The hospital sent out distress calls for all available stocks of the antitoxin.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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They began mounting a rescue mission before they received the first
Because the sea is vast, only when a large ship issues a
do foreign navies even know where to look for pirates.
Later reports indicated the crash was an accident, and the pilot had sent a
When a garbled
is sent out from the lab, a military rescue team is sent in to find out what happened.
They put in a phony
that is received by the mountain rescue team.
When you are in distress you can send a
to all stations.
The search and rescue efforts continued for approximately eight hours and ultimately revealed the
was a hoax.
Victims of crime suffer significant delays, waiting hours and even days for a response to a
As a result of electrical disturbances within the ash cloud, a flight crew may also lose the ability to transmit a
During the waiting game, a squirrel bark call or
can really get them barking, giving away their location.
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