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:

*10 August 2015 - Station got called to look for a missing stand-up paddler. After an initial search was conducted, confirmed reports of the paddler making it to shore safely reached us and the station stood down.

 *2 August 2015 - Whilst preparing to go to sea for training, the station received a call-out for a small vessel that capsized in the surf about 5km from the station. The crew launched two rescue vessels and once on scene they found the vessel and its occupants. No injuries were reported and the station helped by towing the craft back to the Melkbosstrand slipway.

* During the Winter, we have been busy with our big training courses like Fire Fighting, Navigation and First Aid. Practical training continued and we managed to qualify a number of people to receive their crew badges. Well done!!


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


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

  • Justin Erasmus, NSRI Port Elizabeth deputy station commander, said: At 18h53, Monday, 26th September, NSRI Port Elizabeth duty crew were activated following a request by a ships agent to rendezvous with the bulk carrier Anangel Seafarer, sailing from Singapore to Brazil, to patient evacuate a 36 year old Greek sailor onboard suffering a left hand injury. […]

  • Our new Sea Rescue boat, named in honour of her benefactors the late Jack and Irene Riley, will be delivered to her new home at Station 9 Gordon’s Bay, mid October.   She is a 8.5m Rigid Inflatable Sea Rescue boat built by Gemini Marine in Cape Town.  Driven by two 150 HP Yamaha four stroke engines she will have […]

  • At 07h30 on Sunday the 25th of September a multi-disciplined scenario based rescue training exercise was kicked off in the Keurboomstrand area. The Wilderness Search and Rescue (WSAR) driven exercise was hosted by NSRI Station 14 Plettenberg Bay and the Mountain Club of South Africa Garden Route. Six different organisations, including Sea Rescue, the Mountain […]



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