Stats

drowning

Sea Rescue is the charity that saves lives on South African waters. Our crews put their lives at risk in order to save the life of a stranger.  They will voluntarily go to sea in the worst conditions, to help anyone in need.

These statistics are related to NSRI rescues only and are not a reflection of total national figures that other rescue services attended to:

During 2010/2011 we launched 511 rescue missions and rescued 1 153 people.
During 2011/2012 we launched 723 operations and rescued 662 people.
During 2013/2014 we launched 647 operations and rescued  728 people.
During 2014/2015 we launched 643 operations and rescued 760 people.

Over the Festive Season Sea Rescue responded to:

1 Dec 2013 – 11 Jan 2014 there were 31 fatal drownings. 20 adults and 11 children (under 18). 13 of the fatalities were in RIP currents.
1 Dec 2014 – 11 Jan 2015 there were 31 fatal drownings. 19 adults and 12 children (under 18). 9 of the fatalities were in RIP currents.
1 Dec 2015 – 22 Jan 2016 there were 22 fatal drownings. 14 adults and 8 children (under 18). 8 of the fatalities were in RIP currents.

Over the 2015/16 festive season  NSRI rescued a total of 141 people during 102 rescue operations. Twenty one of these people had been caught in rip currents. The busiest days for NSRI volunteer crews were 27 Dec with 11 rescues and 1 Jan with 10 rescues.

1 Dec 2016 – 15 Jan 2017 there were 25 fatal drownings. 20 adults and 5 children (under 18). 15 of the fatalities were in RIP currents.  Over the 2016/17 festive season (1 Dec 2016 – 15 Jan 2017) NSRI rescued a total of 315 people during 172 rescue operations. Twenty two of these people had been caught in rip currents. The busiest days for NSRI volunteer crews were 28 Dec with 11 rescues and 1 Jan with 20 rescues.

WaterWise Academy:

Targeting child drowning prevention and creating awareness strategies since 2006.

WaterWise Academy, the proactive educational initiative of Sea Rescue has taught over 1 300 000 children since its inception in 2006. Our 14 Instructors and 9 volunteer Instructors are based around the country and visit the classrooms of previously disadvantaged schools. We teach children what to do in an emergency, who to call for help and how to initiate basic bystander CPR while they wait for the ambulance to arrive.

We have reached:

51 798      children from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012
105 025    children from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013
187 028    children from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014
239 645    children from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015
183 768     children from 1 April 2015 to 31 December 2015
269 862    children in the calendar year of 2015
323 130    children in the calendar year of 2016.
106 111      children from 1 January to 30 April 2017

 

TOTAL :  Our WaterWise Academy has trained 1 337 867 children about water safety and how to do basic CPR  since inception of the project in 2006 to date.

Transnet National Ports Authority ( TNPA) proudly sponsors 6 Instructors. Santam and WC Disaster Management also supports the WaterWise Academy.