Placed strategically on signs at selected inland rivers, dams and at beaches, these bright pink buoys act as a reminder to take care if there are no lifeguards on duty, and that in the event of someone getting into difficulty in the water, they can be used as emergency flotation until help arrives. Their bright pink colour allows them to be easily seen.
Each Pink Rescue Buoy is housed on a sturdy pole with signage showing how they should be used, as well as the NSRI’s emergency number and the buoy’s unique identification number, which helps rescue services to identify the location of the emergency. ID numbers and NSRI's contact telephone numbers are also embossed on the buoys themselves so they can easily be returned to their posts after usage, or if they are lost or stolen.
Watch the video below of how good samaritans battle the elements in race against time to save 2 fishermen with the help of a Pink Rescue Buoy.
A Pink Rescue Buoy costs R1 500 at our Online Store.
The NSRI has three core Drowning Prevention programmes – Water Safety Education, Pink Rescue Buoys and Survival Swimming – and offers a range of free resources and educational materials.
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Since the project started in November 2017, over 1 000 Pink Rescue Buoys have been installed around South Africa and 82 lives have been saved through their use. This would not have been possible without the generous support of donors and sponsors, and buy-in from city councils, municipalities and communities around the country. We urge everyone to please take care of them, and report stolen buoys to us by calling 087 094 9774, or filling out the form below.
“Untrained people are going to the aid of someone who is in danger of drowning despite being advised not to. Our Pink Rescue Buoys use simple graphics to explain that it is safer to throw the float to someone and call the emergency number on the sign for help. But if someone does go into the water despite being advised not to, they have a very good chance of survival if they take flotation with them. In the rescues that we have recorded no rescuer was injured and all rescues were successful”
On 14 January 2022, the V&A Waterfront hosted the nail-biting draw to see which of our three finalists would take home the grand prize TWO Mitsubishi vehicles: A Pajero Sport 2.4 4x4 Automatic and an Eclipse Cross 2.0 CVT worth almost a million rand.
Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape handed a cheque for R 376 000 each to Sea Rescue and Western Cape Lifesaving at a ceremony held at Station 9 Gordon's Bay (Yacht Club) this morning.
If the old saying “the proof is in the pudding” is anything to go by, then the positive results of the collaboration between the NSRI and Platinum Partners De Beers Marine are proof of a successful match.
NSRI’s Drowning Prevention Department is thrilled to collaborate with two new partners whose aim is to see more Pink Rescue Buoys installed around the country.
Since the start of the Pink Rescue Buoy project in 2017, 81 lives have been saved with the use of these buoys.