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 annual 4x4 Family Adventure day will take place on 4 October 2014. Go to Fund-raising section for more details. 

Our latest operations include:

*2 July 2014 - TWO LIVES SAVED!!!! - Our crew responded to call of 2 fisherman missing in foggy and dangerous sea conditions between Lambert's Bay and Elands Bay in the middle of the night. Our crew launched our rescue vessel just before 11pm and just after 1:30am the next morning they found the 2 very cold fisherman in an increasingly stormy sea. Well done to 2 of our ladies, Mardi and Dalene for whom it was their first rescue, and a difficult one at that. For pictures see our Station 18 Facebook page for picture of the rescue. 

*21 June 2014 - Our crew presented the annual NSRI Region 1 fire fighting training at Koeberg Power station fire fighting training facility. For pictures see our Station 18 Facebook page 

* May 2014 - New crew completed their Navigation training and exam. Next up in July is First Aid.

* 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 Station 3 Table Bay 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.


Sea Rescue RSS feed (www.nsri.org.za)

  • Gansbaai: At 14h00, Tuesday, 29th July, NSRI Hermanus crew were activated following reports of a boat capsized off Franskraal (near Gansbaai) and two people reportedly in the surf. We towed our sea rescue craft LE JENMAR II and responded and the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS and Overstrand Medical Response responded. On arrival we found both men, […]

  • At 15h00 on Monday the 28th of July, The South African Whale Disentanglement Network was activated to respond to approximately 200 meters off-shore of Maitlands River Mouth, Port Elizabeth, (20 nautical miles West of the Port of Port Elizabeth), following reports of a 7 meter juvenile humpback whale entangled in rope and buoys. The NSRI […]

  • The Sea Rescue Golf day at Atlantic beach Golf Estate is 14 November 2014 from 11h00. Please join us for this fundraiser and a big thank you to the title sponsor Cummins. For more info contact Alison on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021 4344011



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