distress call

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Noun1.distress call - an internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is neededdistress call - an internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is needed
signal, signaling, sign - any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message; "signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
SOS - an internationally recognized distress signal in radio code
Mayday - an internationally recognized distress signal via radiotelephone (from the French m'aider)
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A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said authorities have concluded there was no fire and no distress call from the pilot before the crash, as was previously believed.
A distress call from a missing climber may have been a sick hoax.
The crew of the 19 metre fishing boat named Cesca managed to make a distress call to alert the emergency services before the boat sank.
Summary: Representatives of Lebanon's business community sounded a warning Friday about the danger posed by the country's political paralysis and its failure to elect a president -- it's the kind of distress call that politicians are adept at ignoring.
The coastguards were alerted after the Maritime Operations Room received a distress call from a citizen who said that he drifted away after his diving boat rope got accidentally cut The coastguard patrols were dispatched to the location and found the boat while two Bahrainis helped the three other divers.
It has been revealed that the first distress call from the South Korean sunken ferry Sewol came not from the crew members, but from a boy who used a cell phone to call the country's emergency services from the ship.
Athens, Jumada I 30, 1435, Mar 31, 2014, SPA -- Greece's coast guard on Monday rushed to rescue a boatload of more than 400 migrants that issued a distress call in the Mediterranean, north-east of the island of Crete, dpa reported.
Another type of vocalization that we regarded as a distress call consisted of a high-pitch whistle.
The family members of the victims alleged that it took the police one hour to respond to the distress call made by them.
As many as 150 asylum seekers are believed to have drowned on the way to Australia after the search for a boat that issued a distress call early on Wednesday was abandoned.
Norwegian car carrier MV Parsifal was the first to respond to a distress call by the 67 asylum seekers near Java, who were heading for the Australian territory of Christmas Island, 250 miles to the south.
Australia: Australian authorities Wednesday responded to a distress call from a second asylum-seeker boat in as many days as opposition leader Tony Abbott insisted he would turn them back if elected prime minister.