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. 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. 


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

  • A team from NSRI head office are on a road trip visiting all our stations from Richards Bay in the north, all the way down the coast.  Brett Ayres (Operations Manager), Daniel Heimann and Graeme Harding from our Training Department and Coralie McDonald who manages all our Procurement will spend two weeks visiting our crew […]

  • We had the honour of hosting the MD of DHL South Africa, Hennie Heymans, and some of the members of their Senior Management team at Station 3 – Table Bay on Thursday evening.  DHL are one of our Platinum Partners and it is always such a pleasure for us to be able to show them, […]

  • KNYSNA: At 11h35 on Friday the 22nd of May, NSRI Knysna duty crew launched the sea rescue craft JAYTEE III to rendezvous with a 4.7 meter rubber duck with two local men onboard off Buffalo Bay. The two men had launched through the Knysna Heads in the morning to go fishing but in rough sea conditions did not want […]



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