How a Simon’s Town teacher helped found the NSRI

President of the Society of Master Mariners of South Africa Captain John Payne and Miss Patti Price hold certificates presented by then State President Jim Fouche. On the far right is the NSRI’s founding chairman Mr Pat O'Sullivan

If Helen of Troy was the face that launched a thousand ships, then Patti Price is the woman who launched a rescue service. Here is the fascinating story. The NSRI celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. It was a year that was peppered with commemorative events at almost every station around the country, as volunteer

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Our crews need kit: how you can help

Almost 1 300 NSRI volunteers provide essential services at 41 inland and coastal rescue bases across South Africa. Here’s how your donation could help them save lives. In order to do their work safely in even the toughest conditions, NSRI crew members – all of whom are unpaid volunteers – must have personal protective equipment

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Life on the frontline: George Nurse Saria Van As

NSRI salutes our volunteers on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19. Saria van As, Infection Prevention & Control Coordinator at George Hospital, and shore controller at Station 23 (Wilderness), tells her story. Before the pandemic, my role at the hospital was not that prominent, but now everybody knows my number! We’ve had lots and

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Meet the volunteer: Mncedisi Hlalatu, Station 19 (Richards Bay)

Mncedisi Hlalatu in the North Coast radio studio talking about Pink Rescue Buoys and water safety

42-year-old sailing instructor and father of seven Mncedisi ‘Tata’ Hlalatu became an NSRI volunteer nearly a year ago. And in early 2020, he joined the drowning-prevention team as a water-safety educator for the Richards Bay area. I started volunteering at Station 19 in August 2019. I became interested after a one-day boat-safety training exercise organised

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CAPTION (left to right): Charnelle Hare, Faatin Samodien, Keena Swartbooi, Michaela Leo, Toni Zill, Bilqees Kyzer and Nicky Whitehead (in front). Photograph credit to Simon McDonnell

Sunday 9 August is celebrated as Women’s Day in South Africa but it is also duty day at the National Sea Rescue Institute’s (NSRI) base in Strandfontein in Cape Town and that is where you will find most of the women of Station 16 – on duty. “This is what we do,” came the reply

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