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A distress call was a message or signal from an individual or group requesting assistance for a situation that individual or group could not handle. The distress call could be a general distress call, which meant it was broadcast without discretion or targeting another individual or group, or a targeted distress call, which meant it was broadcast to a certain individual or group. The goal of a distress call was to obtain the assistance the issuing individual or group needed.
Specific distress calls
A Federation colony issued a distress call after Yaghim Thau and his followers attacked it with antimatter torpedoes. The USS Prospect responded. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "What a Difference a Day Makes")
The Prospect received a distress call from the USS Artemis, which the crew believed to had been destroyed in three years earlier. They diverted course to investigate. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "Lady Lazarus")
A Trookanian colony sent a distress call due to an orbital attack. The USS Marsh arrived to find half the colony destroyed and the survivors severely injured. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")
The USS Koru answered the distress call from the runabout USS Avon but ended up severely damaged by the Myhr'an in the process. The Koru issued a distress call, and the survivors were rescued by the USS Cantabrian. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")