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Shipwrecks and accidents at sea

the coastguard

noun

an organization responsible for helping people or ships in danger near a coast, or for stopping people bringing goods into a country illegally by boat

coastguard

noun

a member of this organization

founder

verb

if a ship or boat founders, it becomes full of water and sinks

keel over

if a ship keels over, it falls sideways

raise

verb

to bring a ship that has sunk back to the surface of the water

the RNLI

the Royal National Lifeboat Institution: an organization in the UK that sends boats to help people who are in danger at sea

salvage

verb

to save a ship or the things that it is carrying when it has been damaged or sunk

scupper

verb

to make a ship sink by deliberately letting water in

scuttle

verb

to sink a ship deliberately, for example by making holes in the bottom

shipwreck

noun

a ship that is destroyed in a shipwreck

shipwrecked

adjective

someone who is shipwrecked was involved in a shipwreck

wreck

verb

to destroy a ship so that it sinks

wreck

noun

a ship that has sunk

wreck

noun

an occasion on which a ship sinks

sink without trace

if a boat sinks without trace, it sinks and cannot be found

turn turtle

if a ship or a boat turns turtle, it turns over and its bottom part faces upwards

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