World Drowning Prevention Day Good Samaritan Pink Rescue Buoy - NSRI
Photo Credit: National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)

The NSRI is rallying the community to help find and return several missing pink buoys to their posts to ensure lives are saved.


South Africa (08 January 2024) – The NSRI is on a mission to continue saving lives in 2024 however, some of the pink buoys posted around South Africa, have gone missing. They are asking for the community to assist in getting these life-saving tools placed back where they belong.

The NSRI’s Pink Rescue Buoys are public rescue equipment deployed at selected beaches, rivers and dams around South Africa and have been used to help rescue 177 people, that the NSRI knows of.

Since the project started in late 2017, more than 1800 of these bright pink emergency flotation devices have been sponsored by individuals and companies and placed strategically around the coastline and at some inland rivers and dams. They are designed to provide emergency flotation for those in difficulty in the water and floatation for a rescuer who goes in to help – despite being warned of the danger of doing this.

“We are constantly identifying additional sites where they can be placed in cooperation with Municipal authorities.” – Andrew Ingram, NSRI spokesperson

The Pink Rescue Buoys have caught the imagination of communities as the word spreads that they successfully save lives.

Volunteers, within these communities, look after the Pink Buoys and make sure that they are always ready to be used and the NSRI appeals to the public to assist in identifying any faults or missing buoys.

“Unfortunately, we have had a few Pink Buoys stolen over this holiday season. Theft of a Pink Buoy may cost someone their life.

If you see a pole that is a missing a Pink Buoy please call the cell number on the pole to let us know so that we can replace it.

If you see someone with a Pink Buoy and they do not have NSRI identification, it has probably been stolen from a pole. Please ask the person who has it to return it to the pole that they removed it from OR to call NSRI so that we can recover the buoy to relocate the buoy to its pole.”

You can find out more via the NSRI website here.

Sources: NSRI
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