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The National Sea Rescue Institute has 28 coastal stations, plus 2 on inland waters

These bases are situated on leased or freehold ground. Where possible they consist of a boat shed in which the craft and equipment are housed, an operations room and a crew training room. Bases are run by crewmembers who can be summoned into action within minutes via an sms system. The maintenance of a number of NSRI bases is sponsored by various corporations. The number of rescue boats allocated to any one station depends upon their perceived requirements.

Most stations have a four wheel drive vehicle fitted out as a mobile communications/ambulance unit capable of operating on beaches and rough country, working in conjunction with boats at sea.

An average NSRI station will take approximately R 1 million to equip with an inshore rescue boat, a mobile unit and the sophisticated radio communications and electronics necessary for all weather sea rescue operations. The day to day running of each rescue station is the responsibility of the Station Commander or his Deputy. They, or the Duty Coxswain, have the sole responsibility for authorising the launching of a rescue craft.

The request to launch usually originates from the local Harbout Master, Port Authority or the South African Police Services. They will normally have received the original Mayday or emergency phone call. If a rescue involves organisations other than the NSRI, such as the South African Air Force, the Navy, commercial vessels or helicopters, then the rescue is co-ordinated by the South African Search and Rescue Organisation (SASAR) from their Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC). Smaller operations are co-ordinated by the local National Ports Authority office

Emergency Contact Details and Station Number

2 Bakoven

Emergency Number: 0214493500

3 Table Bay visit home page Table Bay

Emergency Number: 021 449 3500

4 Saldanha Bay

Emergency Number: 022 714 1726 / 082 990 5966

5 Durban visit home page Durban

Emergency Number: 031 361 8567

6 Port Elizabeth

Emergency Number: 041 507 3911/041-507 2043

7 East London

Emergency Number: 043-700 2100 / 043-700 2142

8 Hout Bay visit home page Hout Bay

Emergency Number: 021 449 3500

9 Gordons Bay visit home page Gordons Bay

Emergency Number: 021 449 3500

10 Simonstown visit home page Simons Town

Emergency Number: 021 449 3500

11 Port Alfred

Emergency Number: 0832121277/0466242222

12 Knysna visit home page Knysna

Emergency Number: 044-384 0211/ 082 8282321

14 Plettenberg Bay visit home page Plettenberg Bay

Emergency Number: 044 533 2744

15 Mossel Bay visit home page Mossel Bay

Emergency Number: 082 990 5954 / 10177

16 Strandfontein

Emergency Number: 021 449 3500

17 Hermanus

Emergency Number: 082 990 5967 Deon Langenhoven

18 Melkbosstrand

Emergency Number: 021 449 3500

19 Richards Bay visit home page Richards Bay

Emergency Number: 035 753 1991/ 035 905 3401

20 Shelly Beach

Emergency Number: 031 361 8567 / 082 990 5950

21 St Francis Bay

Emergency Number: 082 990 5969/042 294 0131

22 Vaal Dam

Emergency Number: 082 990 5978/016 371 1301

23 Wilderness visit home page Wilderness

Emergency Number: 082 990 5955

24 24A Lamberts Bay

Emergency Number: 082 969 4319

25 Hartebeespoort

Emergency Number: 083 601 6065

26 Kommetjie

Emergency Number: 021 449 3500/ 083 228 3911

28 Port St Johns

Emergency Number: 082 550 5430

29 29A Kleinmond

Emergency Number: 082 652 4309

30 Struisbaai

Emergency Number: 028 435 7777 (24 hrs) and 082 990 5952

31 Still Bay

Emergency Number: 028 754 1501

32 32A Port Edward

Emergency Number: 083 3068980


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