*Update* A young man has apologised and the Pink Rescue Buoy at Point Beach has been returned. It will be back in place today. Thank you to everyone who has shared and helped spread the word.
NSRI are appealing to 4 young teenagers, 3 males and a female, who have been captured on CCTV cameras, making off with an NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy that is now missing from its post at Point Beach, Wavecrest, Jeffreys Bay.
The incident took place at 21h45, Wednesday, 12th December.
The 4 young teenagers can be seen walking out the car park and turning right into Plane Street. They then stop at the corners of Plane Street and Pagoda Crescent before continuing on their way. One of the teenagers, a male, can be seen clutching onto the NSRI Pink Buoy in one hand.
Anyone who recognises these teenagers from the photo attached can contact NSRI Communications at 082 380-3800.
Picture attached – 4 young teenagers making off with an NSRI Pink Rescue Flotation Buoy at Jeffreys Bay.
Thanks to Deon Coetzer, of Seaport Supply, Paarden Eiland, one of our stolen Pink Rescue Buoys has been recovered.
Deon noticed a man carrying a Pink Rescue Buoy into Paarden Island, Cape Town, this morning, Thursday, 13th December. Deon stopped the man and asked him to hand it over as it was clearly one of the NSRI’s Pink rescue buoys and should be returned to its position so that it could be used in a rescue.
“With community backing like this the Pink Rescue Buoy campaign, which has already helped to save 16 lives, will go from strength to strength,” said NSRI’s Drowning Prevention manager Andrew Ingram.
Picture attached – Deon of Seaport Supply, Paarden Eiland, with the NSRI Pink Rescue Floatation Buoy he recovered from a man walking into Paarden Eiland carrying the buoy.
NSRI Pink Rescue Buoys were recently awarded at the IMRF (International Maritime Rescue Federation) conference, held in Norway, for Innovation and Technology.
Immense research went into their deployment around the South African coastline and the pink colour, because the luminous pink colour showed up as the brightest colour in surf conditions, is unique to NSRI.
To date 16 lives have been saved thanks to their deployment around the coastline and at some inland waterways.
NSRI have appealed to public participation to promote the success of these life saving flotation devices.
Pink Rescue Flotation Buoy’s are stationed on poles at beaches with instructions on how they should be used.
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