Thank you – hear why 999 Coastguard matters

Lands End Coastguard Rescue Team. Photograph: Colin Higgs

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Last year, countless lives were saved because someone knew to call 999 in an emergency at the coast and ask for the Coastguard.

But shockingly, research by the Maritime and Coastugard Agency (MCA) shows in some parts of the UK more than half of us still don’t know who to call when the worst happens at the coast.

Only 53.80 per cent of people asked in Scotland knew to phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

So, to help get the message home, the MCA  has recreated the kind of thank you messages its staff receives from those people who are alive today because someone knew the right thing to do.

The video below tells the story of a man who found himself unexpectedly cut off by a tide and how grateful he was that someone knew what to do.

Peter Mizen, assistant director – head of Coastguard Operations at the MCA said: ‘If you’re in difficulty along the coast or at sea, every second will count, so it’s really important to know how to get hold of the right emergency service immediately.

‘We know that overall nearly half of us don’t know who to call in a coastal emergency, so we are hoping that this video will help push the message home and save lives.’


Video: Colin Higgs