To search, to rescue, to save

Her Majesty’s Coastguard, part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, is the national maritime 999 service. In an emergency every second counts, so we coordinate a rescue network around the entire UK coast.

If you need help, Coastguards working from one of our ten Operations Centres will make sure the right rescue units are sent to help you; Coastguard rescue teams, lifeboats and Coastguard rescue helicopters are ready to respond day or night. 

The Ballantrae Coastguard rescue team are all local volunteers. The team is on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Every job is different; just some of many tasks include rope, mud and water rescues, casualty care, searches for missing and vulnerable people, safeguarding helicopter landing sites and giving communications support.

We also protect coastal users from potential danger. Military ordnance and marine pyrotechnics like flares can get washed up onto our coastlines. If you spot something out of the ordinary, don’t be tempted to pick it up and move to a safe place. Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard so our expert teams can investigate.

In an emergency at sea or on the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Below you will see 3 examples of marine flares that have washed up on Ballantrae beach.

If you see something out of the ordinary, don’t be tempted to pick it up. Or if there is something burning on the beach, do not try to put it out.

Keep a safe distance and call 999 Coastguard. Give as much detail as possible about the item and the best location you can.

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