Welcome to NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) Station 18 in Melkbosstrand situated approximately 30km from Cape Town on the West Coast of South Africa.

The NSRI is a non-profit organisation (NPO) and our rescue personnel are all volunteers who do not get paid for the service they render. We are entirely dependent on public funding for our operational and capital expenses, as we do not receive any government funding.

Our rescue station's main area of operation stretches from Big Bay, Blouberg Strand in the south to Yzerfontein in the north and seaward for 10 Nautical Miles.

Upcoming events to meet our crew or maybe even join-up:

* Our crew meets every Friday evening at 6pm for hand-over. If you want to join, you are welcome to come in for a chat and see what we do. Just ask for the Statcom or Duty-Coxswain when you arrive and they will look after you. 

Our latest operations include:

* 4 February 2014 - We responded to a missing Kitesurfer that got in trouble during Gale Force conditions just before sunset. Our crew responded with the help of Stn 3 and searched well into the early evening. An extensive shore search also took place and after several hours it was confirmed that the person safely made it to shore after drifting for more than 2 hours and several miles. Our crew stood down and returned to base.

* Our crew has responded to several minor calls over the festive season.

* November 2013 - We responded to call late afternoon call as dusk set in to rescue 3 Kitesurfers that was stranded out there when the wind dropped on them. With the assistance from Blouberg lifesaving, they were all found and rescued.

* Our annual EnerMech Water Weights 4x4 Family Adventure day took place on 5 October 2013. Go to Fund-raising section for more details  or click here to download a brochure. Thank you to all that help make this day an success.



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  • As a way of increasing the fitness levels of the crew at Shelly Beach, a number of them signed up for the weekly 5km Park/Run from St Mike’s beach to Uvongo Beach and back, running the first one last Saturday. Pioneered in South Africa by Comrades legend, Bruce Fordyce, the Park/Run concept has taken off […]

  • At 20h05 on Tuesday the 22nd of April, NSRI Port Elizabeth volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports from the Bid Freight Port Operations of a worker fallen, injured and trapped in a cargo hold, onboard the NICOLAAS L at a berthing in the Port of port Elizabeth. The worker, a 44 year […]

  • Normally WaterWise go’s into schools to teaches children about Water Safety. This time, we were invited by a Church in Durban North to go and talk to their kiddies about NSRI and Water Wise. Their theme for the month was “Local Heros”, and we at Sea Rescue are their hero’s ! NSRI volunteer Brian St […]


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