BEFORE INITIATING DISTRESS PROCEDURE:-
a) Consider your geographical location and consider which Coast Earth Station is best situated to help;
b) If time permits, write down your DISTRESS message before transmission;
c) Be aware of User's Handbook instructions for your equipment, particularly with regard to DISTRESS calling; and
d) The Master's authority is required for DISTRESS, URGENCY, or SAFETY calls.
Remember that misuse of the DISTRESS facility may result in the de-commissioning of your SES.
On INMARSAT-A or INMARSAT-B equipment the DISTRESS alert is usually activated by either:-
a) Pressing a prominent DISTRESS key; or
b) Dialling ...