Search and rescue (SAR) is one of the Coast Guard's oldest missions. Warding off the loss of life, personal injury, and property damage by helping boaters in distress has always been a top Coast Guard priority. Coast Guard SAR response involves multi-mission stations, cutters, aircraft, and boats linked by communications networks.
The Coast Guard is recognized as a leader in the field of search and rescue. To meet this responsibility, the Coast Guard maintains SAR facilities on the East, West and Gulf coasts, as well as in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico, and on the Great Lakes and inland waterways.