The NSRI don’t only save humans in danger, they also work to save the marine life that sometimes get in a bit of trouble on our coastlines.


The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is famous for its heroic rescues of swimmers, fishermen and the likes but a recent story really filled our hearts with warmth.

On Saturday the 11th of August, NSRI Station 6 Port Elizabeth were alerted to a dolphin stranded on Cape Recife beach. It was around 7:00 am when the call came in.

Sea Rescue Volunteers, Bay World staff and members of the Nelson Mandela Bay Marine Animal Stranding Network responded to the call immediately and set off to the scene where they found a Common Dolphin well up on the beach.

“We helped Dr Greg Hoffman and the Stranding Network volunteers to load the adult female Common Dolphin into their special stretcher and then into the Bay World vehicle to be transported to our Sea Rescue station.” – Ian Gray, Port Elizabeth NSRI Station Commander 

“The Sea Rescue vessel JLT Rescuer was prepared and after transferring the dolphin to the Sea Rescue boat we transported her approximately 4 nautical miles out to sea, where she was released at 10h05.

“We are cautiously optimistic that she will survive the ordeal,”

Thanks to the quick action of all parties involved, the dolphin was returned to the ocean unharmed.

If you ever find a beached dolphin or whale, contact the NSRI (112 from your mobile) and any nearby aquarium or marine protection organisation. They will dispense the correct advice and dispatch a team to rescue the mammal.

Sources: NSRI
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