coast guard


Definition of coast guard

1 : a military or naval force employed in guarding a coast or responsible for the safety, order, and operation of maritime traffic in neighboring waters
2 usually coastguard \ ˈkōs(t)-​ˌgärd How to pronounce coastguard (audio) \, chiefly British : coastguardsman

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The ship reversed course and sent out a search crew who found her body with the help of the Japanese coast guard. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Coast guard investigates death of woman who plunged from cruise ship," 13 Aug. 2019 In recent years the European Union has partnered with the coast guard and other Libyan forces to prevent migrants from making the dangerous journey by sea to Europe. NBC News, "Up to 150 migrants feared dead after boats capsize off Libya coast," 26 July 2019 For the rest of that week, according to the coast guard, the Aegean Sea had been so rough that no boats had been able to land on the island. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 In 2004, a lone bowman tried to shoot down a coast guard helicopter, and two years later the Sentinelese killed a pair of Indian crab fishermen who drifted ashore. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 On Sunday, another Italian coast guard boat was escorting 40 severely dehydrated migrants to tiny Lampedusa after the rescue ship of a Spanish humanitarian group spotted the migrants’ boat at sea, according to the group. Time, "A Rescue Ship Captain Being Held in Italy Is Attracting Donors and Defenders," 1 July 2019 Most of the migrants were apprehended by European Union-funded and -trained Libyan coast guards while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Airstrike in Libya flattens migrant detention center, killing at least 44," 4 July 2019 Most of them were apprehended by the Libyan coast guard, which is funded and trained by the EU to stem the flow of migrants. Author: Rami Musa, Samy Magdy, Anchorage Daily News, "Airstrike kills 44 migrants in Libyan detention center," 3 July 2019 Most of the migrants were apprehended by European Union-funded and -trained Libyan coast guards while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. NBC News, "Airstrike hits migrant detention center in Libya, 40 killed," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of coast guard

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a military force that guards a coast and helps people on boats and ships that are in trouble

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