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 sign-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 NSRI 4x4 Family Adventure day will take place on 10 October 2015. This is an alcohol free event. The consumption of alcohol will not be permitted at any time during this event.

Go to Fund-raising section for more details. 

Our latest operations include:

*The station had a quiet few month responding to calls. We however had no major rescues. Next up will be a series of classroom training sessions including First Aid, Coastal Navigation, Fire Fighting etc. We will also continue to sharpen our skills with the winter storms approaching, providing some valuable training opportunities to ensure we or on top of our game. 

*Winter training is ongoing, but we are always ready to respond.


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