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A fishing vessel was assisted by NSRI Durban Station 05 on Monday, while on Friday a jets-skier was assisted by Rocky Bay Station 39.

Jonathan Kellerman, NSRI Station 05, Durban station commander, said:

At 12h21, Monday, 3 August, NSRI Durban duty crew were activated following a request for assistance from the crew of a Buttcat charter fishing boat reporting engine failure 4 nautical miles off-shore of Umhlanga with 7 crew onboard.

Our duty crew responded to our NSRI Durban sea rescue base and the sea rescue craft Alick Rennie was launched.

On arrival on the scene a towline was rigged and we towed them without incident to the Durban Marina in the Port of Durban.

Once safely moored no further assistance was required.


Kevin Fourie, NSRI Station 39, Rocky Bay station commander, said:

On Friday, 31 July, at 10h54, our duty crew launched the sea rescue craft Megan II to assist two Durban North men on a jet-ski that had engine failure off-shore of Happy Wanderers, Pennington, following eye-witnesses reporting that they appeared to be in difficulty.

On arrival on the scene we found them safe and their jet-ski had motor problems.

In 3 to 4 meter swells we rigged a towline and took one of the men onboard our sea rescue craft and we towed the jet-ski with the skipper ashore without incident and no further assistance was required.

We commend the eye-witnesses for raising the alarm.


The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is the charity organisation that saves lives on South African waters – both coastal and inland. Our goal is to prevent drowning through rescue operations, education and prevention initiatives.

Operating from base stations along the SA coastline, and on inland dams, our rescue volunteers are on call, at all hours, every day of the year. Our rescue crew receives no payment and neither do we charge the people we rescue.

We visit schools around the country, teaching children about water safety. Our drowning prevention measures include our online training academy, with free courses for crew and the public, emergency signage, Pink Rescue Buoys for emergency flotation, rescue swimmers, lifeguards, and active patrols during peak seasons.

Our organisation is totally reliant on donations and sponsorships. This enables us to do the work of saving lives, changing lives, and creating futures.

You can do your bit to assist. Please visit for more information.

SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY: 112 or 087 094 9774

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Craig Lambinon


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