The ship was adrift, damaged beyond repair… Half the crew was dead when the drive failed, which isn’t a surprise. The experimental drive system was a melding of technologies which probably should never have been put together. The Captain was still unconscious with a serious head injury, the EMH was offline and the doctor was dead. All Operations Officer Lt. Commander_Victoria Manchester_ could do was the best she remembered about keeping bleeding down. The last of the medical supplies were done, she was under strict orders to not reveal their position; but those orders came before everything went so wrong. Surely she would never be under strict orders to die? Even if she was, she’d face a court-martial when what was left the of the crew was safe. They wouldn’t last much longer.
She rigged up the distress call with the last 4 working phasers and one of the last working tricorders tied in for power, then hard-wired it into the main communications array. It wouldn’t be enough, so she sacrificed their ability to try to figure out where they were in more detail, and just encoded the signal with their best guess of where they should be and sent out a general distress call; all she could hope was that the right people detected it.