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-Coxwain when you arrive and they will look after you.
Our latest operations include:
* 30 September 2013. A sad day for our station as we got called out to search for a 7 year old boy that got swept away by the current. His body was found by our crew after searching the water for about an hour and a half. Thanks to our crew that kept searching until we found him. We embrace his family in these difficult times.
* 29 September 2013. We received a call for a stand-up paddle boarder in difficulty of Blouberg strand with a very strong South easterly wind. On investigation, we found that the person made it ashore without our assistance.
* 28 September 2013. Just after 4am we received a call to be on stand-by for a vessel on fire just outside Cape Town harbour. Our station stayed on alert for several hours, but did not go out to the vessel.
* 10 September 2013. We received a call in the early evening for a missing Stand-Up-Paddleboarder. The team responded very quickly and whilst preparing the boat for a night search, some of our crew started investigating the area where the person was last seen. After a few minutes, before we launched, we got confirmation that the person made it out safely and we stood down. Great response time guys, we were ready to go...
* The crew is currently busy with fitness assessments. Bravo crew finished their assessment is cold rainy conditions. Crew is expected to be able to run 2km; swim 200m; do 40 push-ups or sit-ups and then be able to climb into the boat without assistance. Great job to all.
* 12 - 13 August 2013. A Fishing Trawler ran aground on the southern side of Robben Island just before midnight. R18 responded at 00h30 in the morning after been asked to assist R3 and R2 due to the difficult and dangerous position of the trawler. On arrival at the stranded vessel in very stormy seas and pelting rain, we started an operation of several hours trying to save the 12 casualties on board. The vessel finally ended up in such shallow water that a rescue was attempted from the land side. We managed to wade, climb and finally swim to the vessel where 9 rescuers from Stn 18, 3 and 2 managed to assist and save the lives of 12 people. The vessel broke up over night. for the full article, see the article on the nsri website
* 11 August 2013. A Semi Rigid Rubber duck with 3 persons on board was capsized by a wave about 150m off the shore line adjacent to the slip way at Melkbosstrand Beach. R18 and R18A were busy with a training exercise and immediately responded and assisted the 3 people to shore. They then righted the vessel and towed it to shore where it was recovered by its owners.
Good job guys :)
* 03 August 2013. Our crew got down and dirty, when we performed one of our BIG maintenance days around the base. See our Facebook page for some picture of the day. Thanks to all that helped.
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Mossel Bay will be hosting a 5 and 10km beach run on the 1st January 2014 at 09:30. For more information and enquiries please contact: Dawie Zwiegelaar on 082 419-2747, or Des Harries on 083 309-8732
On Sunday 8th December Station 18 Melbos volunteers stood by and assisted at the Adapted Surfing Day at Big Bay. The Adapted Surfing Day is a joint initiative between Extreme Abilities and Surfing South Africa who with the support of the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa hope to create a unique surfing experience […]
Santa arrived at the Pam Golding Properties Vaal Dam Christmas function in NSRI’s Harvey’s Fibreglass 5.5m rescue boat towed by NSRI Station 22 Vaal Dam’s Mitsubishi Triton. Special thanks goes to Station Commander Dick Manten who stood in for the reindeer. Photos by Phil Medlock