An additional sea rescue resource, in the form of an inshore Discovery surf rescue helicopter, will be deployed from the 22 Dec – 5 Jan to complement sea rescue resources over the traditionally busy period, kindly sponsored by Discovery.
Three rescue helicopters will be available for rescue operations along the Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline, parts of the Southern Cape and the Eastern Cape and in the Cape Town area.
The helicopters will be crewed by a rescue pilot, an SA Lifesaving rescue swimmer, an NSRI rescue swimmer and an ER-24 paramedic.
Each helicopter will patrol the coastline on a daily basis over this period available to be deployed to in-shore surf rescue operations where needed.
To activate sea rescue in an emergency we are urging the public to store the Sea Rescue Emergency phone number in their phones.
SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:
Richards Bay: 035-9053444 or 035-7531991.
East London: 043-7002100
Port Elizabeth: 041- 5071911
Mossel Bay: 044-6046271
Cape Town: 021-4493500
Saldanha Bay: 022-7141726
NSRI VAAL DAM: 0836265128
NSRI HARTEBEESPOORT DAM: 0829905961
NSRI VICTORIA LAKE – GERMISTON: 0824416989
When you report a sea rescue emergency in progress always give your phone number, your name, your exact position, the exact nature and position of the emergency and then stay by your phone and expect calls from our responding rescue personnel. We will call you back regularly while we are responding to the scene in order to get any updated information from you.
By calling the sea rescue emergency phone number directly, to report a sea rescue emergency in progress, will immediately activate the full complement of emergency services and sea rescue resources responsible to deal with a sea rescue emergency.
Other important emergency phone numbers are:
Emergency Medical and Rescue Services – 10177
Police – 10111