Her Majesty's Coastguard is a section of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency responsible for the initiation and co-ordination of all maritime search and rescue within the UK Maritime Search and Rescue Region. This includes the mobilisation, organisation and tasking of adequate resources to respond to persons either in distress at sea, or to persons at risk of injury or death on the cliffs or shoreline of the United Kingdom.
It is also responsible for land based search and rescue helicopter operations.
The Ballantrae Coastguard rescue team are all local volunteers. The team is on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
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