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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.

R.I.P Daniel (Danny) Morris (1958 - 2014) Founding member of Station 18

Station 18 received some sad news with the passing of Daniel Morris, one of the founding members of Station 18 Melkbosstrand. Danny received his crew badge with the first set of crew members that qualified on this station in 1998. He played an integral role in establishing the station for many years until he relocated to Greece with his family after many years of service. On behalf of the Station commander, present and past crew we like to convey our condolences to Mitzi, Nicole, Kyle, Tammy and Roxanne. Thank you for being part of the Sea Rescue family and lending Daniel to us all those years to help save lives. He will be missed by all of us. RIP our friend Danny.

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 EnerMech NSRI 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)

  • At 07h00, Saturday, 25th October, the 9 meter charter fishing catamaran boat, SHONGOLOLO, with 7 people on board, suffered a near capsizing by a wave while launching to go to sea at Shelly Beach and the craft washed ashore at Shelly Beach. It appears that when the boat hit a wave, while exiting to go […]

  • At 17h59, Friday, 24th October, NSRI Simons Town crew were activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority following reports of two paddlers on a double surf-ski overdue and missing between Millers Point and Roman Rock Lighthouse, Simons Town. Reports from two paddlers that they had paddled, on 3 surf-ski’s, with 2 men on one double […]

  • The NSRI WaterWise Instructors from Soweto to Ceres have been in Cape Town for the past three days honing their skills, discussing new teaching methods and learning from each other. So far this year the team, six of whom are sponsored by TNPA, have taught over 100 000 children about water safety. Armed with new […]

 

 

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