SA National Sea Rescue

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is a voluntary non-profit organization in South Africa tasked with saving lives on South African waters. The NSRI is run by over 1 000 highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year.

They have 31 bases around the coast; 4 are on inland dams, a fleet of 96 rescue craft, 38 rescue vehicles, 16 quad bikes and 11 tractors. They also have access to a range of helicopters. They enjoy a good working relationship with other emergency services and they believe that it is through team effort that lives are saved. The NSRI works closely with other Search and Rescue organisations in South Africa. These include the South African Navy, the South African Air Force and the South African Red Cross Air Mercy Service to coordinate air-sea rescue. Donations and sponsorships cover their annual running cost of R73.4m. Their volunteers save them a salary bill in excess of R250m per annum (as at 2016). Download Area Map and Contact Numbers

Visit the NSRI website


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