Local MCA & HM Coastguard


We are writing to you on behalf of your local coastguard team, to
introduce ourselves and to offer our support via the maritime
coastguard agency (MCA) plus a link to our Facebook page, so that you
may receive the latest safety information and news on our activity.

The South Woodham Coastguard team are trained in water rescue plus
search and rescue with responsibility for the coastline from
Battlesbridge to Goldhanger, which is approximately 70 miles of
The volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service provides the UK’s coastal
search and rescue capability and as part of Her Majesty’s Coastguard
it can operate separately or jointly with other emergency services and
volunteer rescue organisations. Volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers
can be called out by the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC)
at any time of the day or night, in all weathers, to respond to those
in trouble or missing, to seek confirmation or further information of
a report, or to participate in a joint response to an emergency

Here are the main responsibilities of the Coastguard Rescue Service:

• Carries out rescues of those trapped or injured on cliffs or in
mud and provides a limited water rescue capability;
• Carries out searches for missing persons often in conjunction with
the Police;
• Provides emergency mobile communications including relay and
remote radio site operation;
• Provides incident response and on-scene co-ordination as required
by the MRCC;
• Assists local authorities and the other emergency services when
requested in relation to counter pollution, flood relief, missing
person searches and other emergencies;
• Carries out accident prevention and safety education activities
and specially targeted prevention initiatives

If you need the Coastguard in an emergency dial 999 / 112 and ask for
the Coastguard. http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca