When would call 999?
Which emergency service would you ask for?
Sometimes it's easy -
Fire - The Fire Service
Crime in progress - Police
Medical incident - Ambulance
So when do you call the Coastguard? Well our advice is any incident on the coast, this includes beaches, cliffs, harbours and out to sea. It also includes some inland waterways in certain parts of the country.
All emergency services work closely so if the wrong service gets the call the details gets transferred, however it helps if the caller calls the correct service first time round.
If you see someone you think is in trouble, or you are in trouble on the coast or out to sea dial 999 and ask for the COASTGUARD.