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Since sharing the rescue story in Herolds Bay last week, five more successful rescues have taken place thanks to the NSRI’s Pink Buoy initiative.


South Africa (28 November 2023) – The rescue incident at Herolds Bay, on Wednesday last week, has again highlighted the efficacy of NSRI Pink Rescue Buoys posted around the coastline and on inland waterways. Since then, several rescues have taken place and lives saved.

Dr Cleeve Robertson, NSRI CEO shared that a further five successful rescues took place recently, thanks to the Pink Buoys.

“On Sunday, 26 November, during an outgoing Spring tide in the afternoon, NSRI pink rescue buoys were deployed in bystander rescue operations at Kabaljous Beach, Jeffreys Bay, at Saunders Beach, Bantry Bay and at Sunset Beach, Tableview.

In Bantry Bay a Good Samaritan bystander used an NSRI pink rescue buoy, stationed at the beach by the tidal pool, to successfully rescue a 49 year old local man from the water.

At Kabaljous Beach, Jeffreys Bay, 3 NSRI pink rescue buoys contributed to 2 females and a male (a dad and his 2 daughters), who were successfully rescued from the water by bystanders, using pink rescue buoys, and which included a girl using a bodyboard.

At Sunset Beach, Table View, reportedly 2 young men got into difficulty in the surf. One managed to get out of the water but his friend was in grave distress before, it is believed, a Good Samaritan bystander used an NSRI pink rescue buoy to successfully rescue the casualty from the water.”

These rescues are thanks to the Pink Buoys being present at these locations. It is vital these life-saving tools stay on-sight at all times.

The NSRI urges community members to become pink lifesavers by reporting any missing pink rescue buoys to their Emergency Operations Centre on 021 434 4011. Your report could save a life.

Water users should immediately call the emergency numbers on the Pink Rescue Buoy sign or 112 from their cell phone for help if someone is in danger of drowning.

You can save lives too by sponsoring a Pink Rescue Buoy for a community in need or by supporting the NSRI’s drowning prevention initiatives. You can see the various ways to donate here:

If you would like to volunteer and assist the NSRI in protecting and maintaining the buoys, please contact

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