The best thing to do is watch for distress signals and, if they do pop up, address them with a professional.
Accident investigators are baffled by the absence of any “Mayday” distress call from the pilots of the Airbus A330.
However…the failure to send a distress call still undermines the neatness of this picture.
No distress call was made, and weather was apparently not problematic in the area.
Ames is in distress because his wife has bolted after learning of his one-night stand with a woman Ames hardly remembers.
At my cry of distress Sam suddenly looked up and jerked the mule's head so that he, too, stopped and regarded me.
She put her arms about her neck, and affectionately inquired the cause of her distress.
Vetch heard through the fog guns firing signals of distress; but three days passed before he knew how serious the disaster was.
The horses have not had any water for two days, and show signs of distress.
It is one of those practical dilemmas which delight casuists and distress honest and earnest servants of God.
late 13c., "circumstance that causes anxiety or hardship," from Old French destresse, from Vulgar Latin *districtia "restraint, affliction, narrowness, distress," from Latin districtus, past participle of distringere "draw apart, hinder," also, in Medieval Latin "compel, coerce," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + stringere "draw tight, press together" (see strain (v.)). Meaning "anguish, suffering; grief" is from c.1300.
distress dis·tress (dĭ-strěs')
Mental or physical suffering or anguish.
Severe strain resulting from exhaustion or trauma.