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The NSRI’s Pink Rescue Buoy initiative has been a ground-breaking innovation for Drowning Prevention since 2017, winning the IMRF (International Maritime Rescue Federation) Award for Innovation and Technology in 2018

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.

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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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#AStolenBuoyIsAstolenLife

Since the project started in November 2017, over 1 000 Pink Rescue Buoys have been installed around South Africa and 77 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.

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“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”

Andrew Ingram, Drowning Prevention Manager

Read more about the Pink Rescue Buoys

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PINK RESCUE BUOY  | Published: 11 November 2020

Think Pink for Rescue Buoys

It’s not just a pretty colour… The NSRI’s Pink Rescue Buoys will be saving lives this holiday season – with your help. As summer kicks into full swing, thousands of holidaymakers will soon be hotfooting it to beaches and dams ...

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EDUCATION  | Published: 11 October 2019

NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy Programme

Sea Rescue presented our NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy emergency flotation project at International Lifesaving’s biannual ‘World Conference on Drowning Prevention’ (WCDP) Conference in Durban this week. NSRI’s Drowning Prevention manager Andrew Ingram addressed delegates from around the world explaining where ...

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RESCUE OPERATIONS  | Published: 20 January 2019

Bystander rescue using an NSRI pink rescue buoy

During the afternoon of Thursday, 17th January, Thea Fox Marx, the wife of Tommie Marx, the owner of Private Care ambulance services, Eastern Cape, happened to be at Hartenbos Beach, near to Mossel Bay, with friends when she noticed a ...