Actually that was a bit of an oops. In my own admission, I forgot about astropaths as the intergalactic vox... thought navigators and astropaths were the same thing. Stupid thing in a lapse of memory. so my bad on that. but yes, you are right, it should be an astropath that sent the distress signal.
Never Give Up, Never Surrender. for it is better to burn out than fade away.