Coastguard safety information: search and rescue

A collection of safety information for those using the coast, beaches and sailing.

Personal information gathered by our coastguard teams during an emergency response will be processed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in order to facilitate and coordinate rescues, preserve the safety of life and to enable the MCA to carry out our public task.

In certain rescue circumstances it may be necessary for us to share your data with global search and rescue authorities and those delegated authorities such as UK police and other UK 999 services, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

To find out more about how the MCA look after personal data, your rights and how to contacts our data protection officer please go to the MCA personal information charter page.

Maritime safety

Maritime safety: weather and navigation

Keeping safe at the coast: lifejackets wear - behavioural change

Coastguard urge: check tide times before setting out

Dover strait crossings: channel navigation information service

Helicopter programme

Coastguard search and rescue helicopter programme

Reports and statistics

SS Richard montgomery: information and survey report

Keeping safe at the coast: statistical briefing note

Keeping safe at the coast

Keeping safe at the coast: beach safety advice

Keeping safe at the coast: lifejacket safety advice

Keeping safe on the coast: tombstoning

Keeping safe at the coast: water sports and coastal activities

Keeping safe at the coast: don’t drink and drown poster


Volunteer as a coastguard

Insight to our coastguard rescue teams

To search. To rescue. To save.


Published 25 May 2016