Definition of coastguard in English:



the coastguard
  • 1An organization keeping watch on coastal waters in order to assist people or ships in danger and to prevent smuggling.

    ‘the speedy response of the coastguard’
    as modifier ‘a coastguard station’
    • ‘Lifeboat teams and a coastguard helicopter were yesterday continuing to search the waters of the bay for him.’
    • ‘The coastguard emergency tug, Anglian Princess, accompanied the ship as far as Cape Wrath.’
    • ‘When I went up to the coastguard station I found out they were starting a search.’
    • ‘The vessels escaped as coastguard ships redirected their efforts to rescuing Choe.’
    • ‘If a distress flare is inadvertently set off, please let the emergency services know by informing the coastguard and so avoiding an unnecessary lifeboat launch.’
    • ‘A Lancashire police helicopter and the coastguard began a search at about 2.30 am.’
    • ‘The helicopter landed and they were wrapped in blankets and given sandwiches and cups of tea at the coastguard station.’
    • ‘Then they got in touch with the coastguard and even the police turned up!’
    • ‘The operation was scaled down at noon but throughout the afternoon the coastguard continued to broadcast alerts to shipping about the missing man, who was alone on the vessel.’
    • ‘At the seaside, the coastguard reported a number of false alarms when ships mistook fireworks for distress flares.’
    • ‘All Yorkshire coastguard stations were on bad weather watch and gusts of over 60 mph had been recorded at Flamborough Head.’
    • ‘On the way to the scene, they were briefed on the emergency by Malin coastguard radio.’
    • ‘The crew's lack of English added to the difficulties to the rescue and an interpreter was brought in at Stornoway coastguard station to assist.’
    • ‘Local police have been alerted and the coastguard rescue team are at the shoreside.’
    • ‘The coastguard assisted a Russian cargo vessel in trouble in gale force winds to the west of Orkney on Thursday night.’
    • ‘But 19 coastguard stations around the UK were affected.’
    • ‘Two men said to have a ‘history of hijacking’ were arrested when the coastguard boarded a cruise ship 20 miles off Miami.’
    • ‘It is unclear how the man got into the water but the coastguard were alerted by Essex Police, who had been called by members of the public.’
    • ‘Constructed in 1874, it was used as a coastguard station until 1922 and was subsequently occupied by the Gardai until ten years ago.’
    • ‘He called police who launched a full-scale rescue operation involving the coastguard, fire brigade, local boats and a jet ski.’
    • ‘The cabin cruiser has been detained in dry dock as police and coastguard officials continue their investigation.’
    • ‘He said they were lucky because the coastguard response had been immediate and its co-ordination of the rescue outstanding.’
    1. 1.1British A member of the coastguard organization.
      ‘four yachtsmen were saved by coastguards after their vessel flooded’
      • ‘However, there was an oil slick, life rings and life rafts visible when coastguards reached the site.’
      • ‘Police, who are using sonar equipment and specialist diving teams, and coastguards are continuing to search the river and nearby areas of coastline.’
      • ‘However, the British Navy ship Anglesey was due to arrive at the scene last night to help warn other vessels, said French coastguards.’
      • ‘We would ask anyone who is going fishing or walking in areas which are prone to be cut off to check details of high tides with their local coastguards.’
      • ‘The lifeboat was launched after Fife coastguards received a distress call from the grounded vessel.’
      • ‘Yesterday coastguards renewed warnings to walkers to check tide times, wear proper clothing and shoes, and tell someone where they are going.’
      • ‘They are all reported as being unharmed by their ordeal despite one of the Llandudno coastguards describing the flooding as the worst he has seen in the area.’
      • ‘Crew members contacted Shetland coastguards to alert them and the trawler's sister vessel, the MFV Falcon was called to assist.’
      • ‘No, it's the fishermen, seamen, coastguards and the like, those trained to scan the surface of the water, who spot these peculiar apparitions.’
      • ‘But we have the utmost admiration for the coastguards and what they do.’
      • ‘A spokeswoman for the coastguards said the three crew members on board made a call for immediate assistance on VHF Channel 16.’
      • ‘Lifeboatmen and coastguards in Essex have been kept busy over the Easter bank holiday.’
      • ‘Teams of coastguards, paramedics and firemen had walked for two-and-half hours over the sands to get to the casualty, who had already spent a night trapped in torrential rain.’
      • ‘The police launch boat was also there as well as the coastguards and lifeboat crew.’
      • ‘Specialist police search teams joined uniformed officers, police divers, dog handlers, volunteers, coastguards and a Royal National Lifeboat Institution hovercraft in the hunt for the child.’
      • ‘Police officers, Clacton and Walton coastguards and the Clacton lifeboat all joined in the hunt along the town's seafront but were unable to find her.’
      • ‘They alerted the coastguards and an area around the slipway of the pier was cordoned off.’
      • ‘A winchman was lowered from the helicopter and along with paramedics and coastguards assessed her condition before moving her onto a stretcher and airlifting her to hospital in Scarborough.’
      • ‘He was rescued and taken ashore to Guatemala by coastguards last year.’
      • ‘Aberdeen coastguards broadcast a Mayday relay message to all vessels in the area and the vessel Dea Mariner responded and steamed to the area.’
      • ‘French coastguards scrambled a search party, including helicopters, and local fishing boats joined in, but the search failed to find the woman.’