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  • n. An enforcer of maritime law, in charge of policing the seas within territorial waters

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  • n. a military service responsible for the safety of maritime traffic in coastal waters

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Examples

  • We don't really have a problem with maritime smuggling in the UK, the USA does, hence why their Coast Guard, which is really more of a "guard of the coast" than what we associate with the term coastguard here, is a small navy and ours is a small government agency that supplements RNLI and RAF rescue efforts.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • Dennis went on what he called coastguard duty, and watched the sea and shores with the untiring loyalty of a faithful dog.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray

  • It is ... a matter of some family pride that my father was for many years a member of the auxiliary coastguard, which is now a volunteer coastguard, on Islay.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • Corey had a waterproof watch, and we knew Marquis's wife would call the coastguard if the boat wasn't back by a certain time.

    The only ones: Escaping near death

  • The fact that a coastguard was the first on board may save some complications, later on, in the Admiralty Court; for coastguards cannot claim the salvage which is the right of the first civilian entering on a derelict.

    Dracula

  • The fact that a coastguard was the first on board may save some complications later on, in the

    Dracula

  • By the time he did so, terrified passengers had already called the coastguard, warning them of the catastrophic collision.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • After the men were found, the fishermen called the coastguard, which found the women hanging on to the floating cooler.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • Luckily for them, a Facebook friend also happened to be an RNLI volunteer who quickly messaged back telling them to call the coastguard.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • But if the hole is too big or you're not able to contain it, then call the coastguard for help and get everyone ready to abandon the vessel.

    CNN.com

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