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COAST. The margin of a country bounded by the sea. This term includes the natural appendages of the territory which rise out of the water, although they are not of sufficient firmness to be inhabited or fortified. Shoals perpetually covered with water are not, however, comprehended under the name of coast. The small islands, situate at the mouth of the Mississippi, composed of earth and trees drifted down by the river, which are not of consistency enough to support the purposes of life, and are uninhabited, though resorted to for shooting birds, were held to form a part of the coast. 5 Rob. Adm. R. 385. (c).

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Due to weather conditions, extremely challenging terrain, and extent of the casualty's injuries, we requested further assistance from Whitby Coastguard Rescue Team and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912 from Humberside.
"A coastguard helicopter was also tasked and searched the whole of Holy Island.
"Humber Coastguard then dispatched Berwick RNLI all-weather lifeboat with coastguard officers from Berwick and police officers on-board to proceed to Holy Island to assist with the search.
The coastguard spokesperson also said the car was only submerged in about a foot of water.
As a result, a spokesman for the island coastguard issued the following safety advice to drivers: "Check tide times when visiting the coast.
Major-General Tariq Hassan Al-Hassan hailed the efforts of the coastguards to protect Bahrain's security and territorial waters and combat smuggling and infiltration crimes.
The Coastguard Directorate summoned the parents of all the children and urged them not to let their children swim in forbidden zones to avert any potential dangers.
The Transport Select Committee is set to take more evidence at Westminster from various coastguards, and a report on the changes is due in around a month.
Grilled: minister Mike This could see a reprieve for a small number of those coastguard stations earmarked for closure.
Liverpool Coastguard watch manager Su Daintith said: "Just two minutes spent checking the tide times could mean the difference between a carefree day and a Coastguard team coming to your rescue."
Dover Coastguard has sent the coastguard emergency tug, Anglian Monarch, to help and assess the situation, a spokesman for the MCA said.
A statement released by the coastguard said: 'It transpired that he had been drinking with three other young men and had gone into the water at the causeway.