The first Sea Rescue ‘boat house’ container has been put in place at Monwabisi. Identified by the City of Cape Town and NSRI as a drowning hot spot, NSRI Station 16 Strandfontein has offered to crew a satellite station at Monwabisi Beach.
A specialised RescueRunner and quad bike will be stored in the container to allow both proactive patrols and rapid rescue response.
The primary purpose of the Station 16 Monwabisi satellite station is to work with the other agencies in the area and to provide support to the Lifeguards. As the majority of drownings happen out of lifeguarded areas or when lifeguards are not on duty, having a dedicated rescue asset at Monwabisi will allow Sea Rescue to get to a person in difficulty faster. The container is fully insulated and set up to be a functional boat house. It is also a fully equipped first aid station.
This satellite station has become operational in record time thanks to Brendan Hiscock of Dibana Logistics who allowed us to convert the container in his yard, and transported it to Monwabisi at no charge, and to Allan Searle of Metalo who did the conversion at cost.
**There have been a few questions around position. Our containers are very carefully designed with fast response and good security in mind. This container has been placed inside the Monwabisi camp that has 24 hour security.
Big thank you to Steven Kotze and the Hiregenics team for expertly getting it in place.