National Sea Rescue Institute

The NSRI is a member of South Africa Search and Rescue (SASAR) Organization and a signatory to the SASAR Manual as from 13 June 1994 up to date. The NSRI contributes to SAR services in accordance with the conditions laid down in the SASAR Manual. The SASAR Manual stipulates that the NSRI would bear all the cost for the use of NSRI equipment, communication systems and labour during SAR and Medevac operations. The NSRI is a registered NPC Company (No 1967/013618/08) and is registered with the Department of Social Development as a Non-Profit Organization

It delivers services including maritime rescue services along the South Africa coastline (3000km) and on some inland waters (1300km) and education, advocacy and prevention of drowning through its Water-Wise Academy. The NSRI executed 587 missions in during the period under review. They rescued 710 people from incidents involving fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, Scuba diving, kite boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, surfski paddling, stand-up paddle boarding and spearfishing. The academy educated 230961 children around the country in water safety, self-rescue and cardiopulmonary resuscitation

The organization is managed administratively by a Head Office in Cape Town and operationally by Station Commanders in each of the thirty five stations. NSRI has 18 full-time staff members, 21 half-day staff members, 5 Volunteer Operational Board Members, 35 Volunteer Station Commanders and 913 Volunteer Coxswains (Skippers) and Crew. Governance is founded in a Memorandum of Incorporation and the Governance Board which consists of four executive and seven non-executive members (Directors). A separate Operational Board governs operational activities and consists of four executive and five non-executive members (Regional representatives). A SAMSA oficial is one of the Directors of the NSRI

The NSRI is mandated through the SASAR Act to perform Coastal Rescue through a fleet of almost a hundred rescue craft (and personnel) and stations act as Sub-Rescue Centres (MRCC and Port Captains are Rescue Centre and Sub Rescue Centre Respectively) for the management of incidents along the coastline

The NSRI receives an annual grant from the Department of Transport and in 2014/15 this grant amounted to R1, 998, 000.00 which is deployed in achieving the operational objectives of the organization. SAMSA is a Platinum Partner to the NSRI and contributes R121,000.00 annually

The organization has an opportunity as an African service to play a greater regional role in the development of Maritime Rescue Services in the SADC countries and its membership of the International Maritime Rescue Federation can be exploited to facilitate our involvement to benefit the region

During the 2014/15 financial year, the NSRI actively engaged with the Department of Transport, the South African Maritime Safety Authority and the Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centre (MRCC) as critical stakeholders in achieveing their mission of "Savings Lives on Siuth African Waters". The relationship has borne fruit with the implementation of SafeTRX, a smart phone tracking devise that is currently being used by aviators and mariners

The institution of a National Emergency Number, 112, for Sea Rescue Emergencies and the resolution of lifejacket issues for the NSRI. The NSRI has improved water safety advocacy, resolution of training issues of crews, standardization of vessel surveys, implementation of e-Learning initiatives, cooperation on investigation of marine safety incidents, cooperation in effecting Medical Evacuations from ships at sea, discussion around joint annual incident reports and focus around small vessel safety

The NSRI is immensely grateful for the engagement and support of the Department. They extended their gratitude to the officials of the Department, SAMSA and the MRCC for trheir passion and enthusiasm for sea rescue 

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