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The NSRI provides an essential rescue service to water users who find themselves in difficulty on South African coastal and inland waters. Manned entirely by volunteer crew we are the only nation-wide service of its kind, operating 24/7 and 365 days of the year.


Operations in 2020


Persons rescued in 2020

20 227

Training hours in 2020


Medical evacuations, doubled from 2019


Event incidents in 2020


Call only incidents in 2020


Why rescue matters

South Africa has a vast array of water users who, for us, are people first. Each life lost means a family and a community in distress. By saving lives, we change lives and create futures.

Why it works

Sea Rescue volunteers are on call 24/7. Our 42 (and growing) bases cover 3 000km of coastline and five inland dams in eight of the nine provinces. We are equipped with surf, inshore and offshore rescue craft and will respond to individuals in distress, and emergencies involving the maritime industry and ocean sports sector.
Through volunteer dedication and manhours spent training in a multitude of rescue scenarios, countless lives have been saved on South African waters.

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How you can help

Everyone has a part to play in keeping communities safe. You can support our endeavours to save lives on South African waters by:

Joining our Lifeguard Unit, which educates beach goers and other water users to be safe around water, and assists during emergencies in the surf. Volunteer to provide duty standby at beaches and water bodies around the country
Becoming a Rescue Volunteer , either as rescue crew or shore-going crew at one of our coastal or inland stations
Joining our community of coastwatchers, who keep an eye on our shores and report emergencies when they occur

As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on donations, however minimal, to support our water-safety and rescue efforts

Read more about NSRI Rescues

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RESCUE OPERATIONS  | Published: 26 January 2021

Maori Bay – Teenager injured at the Bos 400 wreck:

Geoff Stephens, NSRI Hout Bay station commander, said:At 12h09, Monday, 25 January, NSRI Hout Bay and NSRI Bakoven duty crews were activated following reports of a male injured at Maori Bay, at the Bos 400 wreck, near to Llandudno.NSRI Hout ...

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RESCUE OPERATIONS  | Published: 24 January 2021

Boat capsized - Mouille Point 

NATIONAL SEA RESCUE INSTITUTE (NSRI) MEDIA RELEASE:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESEA RESCUE – NSRI – STATION 3, Table Bay & STATION 2, BakovenSaturday, 23 January 2020 Boat capsized - Mouille Point Robyn Silverstone, NSRI Table Bay duty controller, said:At 16h58, Saturday, 2 ...

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RESCUE OPERATIONS  | Published: 21 January 2021

Yacht aground - Agulhas. Fishing boats capsized - Rooi Els:

ARNISTON:Reinard Geldenhuys, NSRI Agulhas station commander, said:At 23h55, Wednesday 20 January, NSRI Agulhas and NSRI Witsand duty crews were activated following reports of a Yacht run aground near to Skipskop, between Arniston and the De Hoop Nature Reserve.The skipper, a ...