NSRI Rescuers 
Photo Credit: NSRI

As they so often do, NSRI Rescuers added some calm to the chaos; rescuing and evacuating multiple people, animals and a parrot across the many flood-impacted regions of the Western Cape!


Western Cape, South Africa (27 September 2023) — Joining other helpers committed to easing distress in the Western Cape, NSRI rescuers have been working hard to help people to safety from the challenging weather conditions in the province, where several areas have seen great flooding impact their homes and communities from the Atlantic Seaboard to Hermanus.

The NSRI, who are trusted to be on the scene for as many water-related incidents as they can reach, had rescuers all over the Western Cape; working with other services like Fire and Rescue Services and the SA Police to assist people impacted by the floods with evacuation earlier this week.

These helpers were hot on multiple scenes to lend a hand:

Strand and Gordons Bay

Early on Monday, NSRI Gordons Bay rescue swimmers, police and GB ambulance services united with evacuations from the Kays Caravan Park in Strand.

In other areas around Strand and Gordons Bay, the NSRI rescuers teamed up with multiple services including community and neighbourhood groups to evacuate residents, and no injuries were reported.

Their Rescue Craft was also on standby to help Disaster Risk Management (DRM) for any situations along the mudslide-impacted Clarens Drive.

Hermanus and Stanford

In these areas, NSRI Hermanus and Kleinmond again joined forces with other rescue services (Traffic Services, SA Police Services, DRM amongst others) to enforce evacuation efforts. Over 40 people, animals and a parrot were moved to safety, and essential resources were dispersed to shelters.

In Stanford, rescue equipment—including floating stretchers—was made available for people and pets to mobilise.

Almost on the ground in Caledon, the NSRI rescuers left evacuations to SAPS Water Policing and Dive Services, DRM, WC Government Health EMS and other helpers due to the area becoming inaccessible due to roadway flooding.


More teams were activated to help residents in Macassar, evacuating myriad people (an estimate of 71 residents and 2 pregnant women).

People were sheltered at the Macassar Community Centre.

Sources: NSRI
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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