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MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY

A "MAYDAY" situation is one in which a vessel, aircraft, vehicle, or person is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. Examples of "grave and imminent danger" in which a mayday call would be appropriate include fire, explosion, or sinking.

The call is always given three times in a row ("mayday-mayday-mayday") to prevent mistaking it for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions and to distinguish an actual mayday call from a message about a mayday call.

Why is  "MAYDAY" used to call for help in an emergency?  "M'aider", meaning "come help me" in French is the origin of "mayday".
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