Meaning of coastguard in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkəʊs(t)ɡɑːd/


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’
    • ‘a coastguard station’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The helicopter landed and they were wrapped in blankets and given sandwiches and cups of tea at the coastguard station.’
    • ‘All Yorkshire coastguard stations were on bad weather watch and gusts of over 60 mph had been recorded at Flamborough Head.’
    • ‘When I went up to the coastguard station I found out they were starting a search.’
    • ‘He said they were lucky because the coastguard response had been immediate and its co-ordination of the rescue outstanding.’
    • ‘He called police who launched a full-scale rescue operation involving the coastguard, fire brigade, local boats and a jet ski.’
    • ‘The coastguard emergency tug, Anglian Princess, accompanied the ship as far as Cape Wrath.’
    • ‘Constructed in 1874, it was used as a coastguard station until 1922 and was subsequently occupied by the Gardai until ten years ago.’
    • ‘The vessels escaped as coastguard ships redirected their efforts to rescuing Choe.’
    • ‘The cabin cruiser has been detained in dry dock as police and coastguard officials continue their investigation.’
    • ‘On the way to the scene, they were briefed on the emergency by Malin coastguard radio.’
    • ‘But 19 coastguard stations around the UK were affected.’
    • ‘Then they got in touch with the coastguard and even the police turned up!’
    • ‘A Lancashire police helicopter and the coastguard began a search at about 2.30 am.’
    • ‘The coastguard assisted a Russian cargo vessel in trouble in gale force winds to the west of Orkney on Thursday night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lifeboat teams and a coastguard helicopter were yesterday continuing to search the waters of the bay for him.’
    • ‘Local police have been alerted and the coastguard rescue team are at the shoreside.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1mainly British A member of the coastguard organization.
      ‘four yachtsmen were saved by coastguards after their vessel flooded’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, there was an oil slick, life rings and life rafts visible when coastguards reached the site.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was rescued and taken ashore to Guatemala by coastguards last year.’
      • ‘Lifeboatmen and coastguards in Essex have been kept busy over the Easter bank holiday.’
      • ‘The police launch boat was also there as well as the coastguards and lifeboat crew.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Aberdeen coastguards broadcast a Mayday relay message to all vessels in the area and the vessel Dea Mariner responded and steamed to the area.’
      • ‘However, the British Navy ship Anglesey was due to arrive at the scene last night to help warn other vessels, said French coastguards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They alerted the coastguards and an area around the slipway of the pier was cordoned off.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yesterday coastguards renewed warnings to walkers to check tide times, wear proper clothing and shoes, and tell someone where they are going.’
      • ‘The lifeboat was launched after Fife coastguards received a distress call from the grounded vessel.’
      • ‘A spokeswoman for the coastguards said the three crew members on board made a call for immediate assistance on VHF Channel 16.’
      • ‘Police, who are using sonar equipment and specialist diving teams, and coastguards are continuing to search the river and nearby areas of coastline.’
      • ‘But we have the utmost admiration for the coastguards and what they do.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘French coastguards scrambled a search party, including helicopters, and local fishing boats joined in, but the search failed to find the woman.’