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Keep updated on our recent Launch a Legacy Campaign where donors placed the name of someone they wished to honour on the side of our new Rescue boat.

Donor's celebrated the life of someone they love by placing a name on the side of our new, world-class rescue boat. When you honour your loved one, you will help us to build the next generation of rescue craft, constructed entirely in South Africa to save lives on South African waters. For a special person in your life there is no better honour, because each time our volunteer crew launch to save lives, the name and spirit of your loved one will be right by their side.

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Highlights from the blessing of Rescue 17 "The Legacy"

New vessel, new capabilities

The new ORC is a 14 m search and rescue craft that is self-righting and purpose-built for rescue operations in extreme conditions. At 14.8 m long and 4.8m wide, it can be deployed on rescue missions as far as 50 nautical miles from land and has an expected lifespan of at least 40 years. By having these vessels manufactured in South Africa, the NSRI is investing in the country’s boat-building industry, providing a boost for local employment.

The ORC destined for Station 17 Hermanus will cover a wide area of operations in the Overberg region from Quoin Point to Hawston.

“To continue to deliver a world class rescue service in South Africa, the NSRI are investing in modern, high-tech rescue craft that will save even more lives on South African waters,” said Dr Cleeve Robertson, NSRI CEO.


The Overberg blessed their new ORC "The Legacy" on Saturday 23rd April.

Watch the video of the full proceedings

A walk around the NSRI ORC Rescue 17

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Click on DOWNLOAD NOW under the RESCUE 17 artwork

Zoom in a bit and press "CTRL" and "F" on your keyboard and type the name in or select the option to open in Acrobat. Click the find text icon on the left that looks like a magnifying glass and enter the name.


Launch of Rescue 17


Stories From People Who Have Launched A Legacy


Steve Wilke

To say that Steve loved the ocean is such an understatement. I still see him playing in the waves with or without a boogie board. As long as he was in the ocean, he was happy. During one of our holidays in KZN, he saw a lady in trouble in the sea and rescued her. Her loved ones who were sitting on the beach were unaware that she was struggling. When I saw the NSRI advert about leaving a legacy, I didn’t think twice. This is such a wonderful way to honour our loved ones and at the same time contribute to a worthy cause. “Out of all the places to be, it’s best to be at the sea”. – By wife Annamarie & son Lloyd.


Henry Van Embden

“The NSRI rescued my family in 1967 off the coast of Three Anchor Bay when our leisure craft caught alight at sea. It was their first boat, I recall vividly, a rubber duck! Ever since then we have supported the NSRI.” Marco van Embden, Cape Town The above photo is of the late Henry Van Embden, facing the camera, with an expression of such relief on his face. His son, Marco, facing him. This pic was taken after their NSRI Rescue - quote by his son Marco van Embden


Betty Dickson

“Our Mom loved swimming, the sea and was a great fan and supporter of the NSRI. Consequently, when we heard about the NSRI Launch A Launch campaign, we thought it would be something she would have loved, and we love the idea of her continuing to be involved with saving lives, the NSRI and the sea.” Clive, Heather, Keith, Lynn & Stacey Our Mom is bottom row, far left. - quote by her children Clive, Heather, Lynn & Keith

Mike Drake

Mike Drake

“My husband, Mike Drake, loved the sea and was a passionate yachtsman. The NSRI assisted him in 2005 when he had a heart attack while bidding farewell to the ‘Clippers’. When I saw the Launch a Legacy campaign I thought this was the perfect way to honour him.” quote by wife Di Drake – KZN

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Riaan van der Walt

“Best donation in the world! You won’t believe what this project means to me. Thank you so, so much. This is the best gift that I could give my son, Riaan, who would have turned 30 on the 20th of November 2021, if he didn’t drown in 2014, but now I also know that he will be part of every rescue operation RESCUE 17 does and this is AWESOME!! What a Legacy!” - quote by Naomie van der Walt

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Philip Schutte

"Philip was a kindhearted man, always ready to serve. When the opportunity arose to make a donation to the NSRI and celebrate my dear husband's life, I knew it would be the ideal way to invest in the legacy he left behind: being blessed to be a blessing." - quote by wife, Louise Schutte