Shark incident at East Beach, Port Alfred

NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated yesterday (Wednesday 10th July) following reports of a local surfer in his early 20’s having been bitten on the leg by what appeared to be a juvenile White shark while surfing with friends at East Beach, Port Alfred.

Ndlambe Municipal authorities, the SA Police Services, Gardmed ambulance services, Ndlambe Municipal Protection Services and NSRI Port Alfred duty crew responded to the scene where the surfer was already safe and  out the water being attended to by paramedics for lacerations to his leg prior to being transported to hospital by ambulance in a stable condition.

A cautionary advisory is issued by Ndlambe Municipality for bathers and paddlers to be aware of this incident and to exercise caution around the coastline of Port Alfred and Ndlambe Municipal Protection Services have closed all beaches around Port Alfred to bathers until further notice as a safety precaution and bathers and surfers are urged to heed the warning in light of this incident today for public safety.

Press Release – NSRI  –  Craig Lambinon  – SEA RESCUE COMMUNICATIONS

NSRI St Francis Bay in action

Any plans St Francis Bay NSRI crew had on Saturday morning were put on hold when they received an alert following reports of a missing Buttcat fishing boat participating in a Tuna Classic fishing competition. The boat was overdue after the competition had been called off due to unfavourable sea conditions and had failed to respond to efforts to communicate with the boat.

It was suspected that they had not received the cancellation of the tournament message and were simply continuing fishing unaware that the event had been called off.

However continued efforts to communicate with the boat failed and NSRI sea rescue craft ‘Spirit of St Francis’ was launched. NSRI stations in Oyster Bay, Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth were also activated and two fishing trawlers, Rigel and Elke M were also alerted and joined in the search that was co-ordinated by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port Elizabeth in cooperation with NSRI St Francis Bay.

A private aircraft had also been volunteered by a local flying club and private donors in St Francis Bay volunteered funds to fuel the aircraft to join in the search. Fortunately shortly before taking off the wife of the Buttcat’s skipper advised she had received a WhatsApp message from her husband that all was in order and he and his three crew were safe and returning to port.

Sarah Jane Smith Station Commander at NSRI St Francis thanked all involved and commended all concerned including the two fishing trawlers, Telkom Maritime Radio Services, the Tuna Classic organisers, the private aircraft owner and all who assisted.

Well done NSRI St Francis Bay – you make us proud.

NSRI’s 52nd Annual General Meeting and Awards evening

NSRI’s 52nd Annual General Meeting and Awards evening was held in Durban on Friday 31st May 2019 at uShaka Marine World, Durban. 

Sea Rescue honoured contributions under the following categories: bravery, special service, station awards and long service awards from 20 to 45 years. 

Thank you to Deon Govender,  DJ on East Coast Radio who was our MC for the evening.

Images are available for download via our Flickr link:


Water Safety Recognition Award:  Luc Lepront for his quick thinking, and willingness to help someone he did not know who was in grave danger of drowning.

Directors’ Thanks Award to: Sage Khowa, Jon Caple, Everett Duarte and Marc Franz, for their bravery and determination when in the early evening of 18 February 2019, they went to the aid of three people caught in a rip current at Marina beach on the KZN South Coast. Using a Pink Rescue Buoy and a surfboard as emergency floatation, two international golfers were rescued and one of the rescuers was assisted from the water.

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The Most Improved Station of the year 2018 is awarded to: Station 35 Witbank Dam

(Travis Clack – Station Commander to receive award)

The Best RIB Station of the year 2018 awarded to: Station 37 Jeffreys Bay

(Rieghard Janse Van Rensburg – Station Commander to receive award)

The Pat O Sullivan Trophy, for the best Class 1 Station 2018 awarded to: Station 17 Hermanus

(Deon Langenhoven – Station Commander to receive award)


MARMION MARSH TROPHY 2018 awarded to: Clifford Ireland for his individual noteworthy service to the cause of Sea Rescue in South Africa and his tremendous contribution towards the ORC 140 Project.

Clifford Ireland to receive award

ALRIC SIMPSON TROPHY 2018 awarded to: Reef Wetsuits South Africa for their remarkable contribution towards Sea Rescue in South Africa over 14 years.

Barry Stringer to receive award

Directors’ Thanks Award to: Kantey & Templer Consulting Engineers who have through their generous sponsorship and excellent professional services, provided NSRI and Station 5 Durban with free engineering design services since 2004.

James Stalberg to receive award on behalf of Andrew Smith


20 Years

Aidan Wood – Station 11 Port Alfred

Brynn Gericke – Station 19 Richards Bay

Ian Reid – Station 7 East London

Lyall Pringle – Station 8 Hout Bay

Otto Rodenberg – Station 15 Mossel Bay

Sven Gussenhoven – Station 8 Hout Bay

25 Years

Brian Brink – Station 14 Plettenberg Bay, he also receives an Honorary Life Membership Award

30 Years

Chris Van Staden – Station 12 Knysna

Deon Truter – Station 14 Plettenberg Bay

Kathy Manten – Station 22 Vaal Dam

Dr Cleeve Robertson – Station 1 Head Office and standby doctor, he also receives an Honorary Life Membership Award

35 Years

Bruce Bodmer – Station 8 Hout Bay

Bruce Davidson – Station 2 Bakoven

David Robins – Station 3 Table Bay, then Director

Dick Manten – Station 22 Vaal Dam

Dorian Robertson – Station 19 Richards Bay

Geoff McGregor – Station 7 East London

George Parkes – Station 12 Knysna

 40 Years

David Roberts – Station 10 Simon’s Town, then Regional Director and Honorary Life Governor

Rudi Fisch – Station 3 Table Bay

45 Years

Ian Wienburg – Station 3 Table Bay, then CEO and Honorary Life Governor

Marty Reddering – Station 14 Plettenberg Bay

NSRI report a fatal drowning at Kenton-On-Sea

NSRI Port Alfred Lotto Challenger

NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated on Sunday afternoon following reports of a drowning in progress at Kenton-On-Sea main beach.

NSRI rescue swimmers, the SA Police Services, EC Government Health EMS, Gardmed ambulance services and Hi-Tech Security responded.

On arrival on the scene bystander CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts were being conducted on a 19 year old local female on the beach.

Paramedics continued with advanced life support resuscitation efforts but sadly after all efforts were exhausted the female was declared deceased.

It appears from reports gathered at the scene that while swimming in the surf the female was swept out to sea caught in rip currents. The currents brought the casualty back towards the beach where a Good Samaritan waded into the surf and rescued the female to the beach where bystanders initiated CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts.

Condolences are conveyed to the family and friends of the female.

The body of the female has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services.

Police have opened an inquest docket. 

The Good Samaritan and the bystanders who assisted on the scene are commended in their efforts to try to save the teenagers life.

And on Saturday afternoon,

NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a female injured while dune riding at Aston Bay.

The sea rescue vehicle with NSRI medics responded to the scene and Private Care ambulance services were activated.

On arrival on the scene the patient, a German tourist, age 22, was found to be suffering a blunt trauma head injury sustained when she fell off a body board while riding down a sand dune and bumping her head.

Paramedics evaluated the patient medically and found her to be fit and not requiring hospital treatment.

Advice was given to her to seek medical attention if she felt dizzy or developed headaches and no further assistance was required after we gave them details to call if required.

Press Release NSRI

Two kids saved from drowning in Jeffries Bay

NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports that a young boy and girl were in difficulties having been swept out to sea by a rip current at Point beach on Monday 1st April.

An NSRI Jeffreys Bay crew member who is also an NSRI Jeffreys Bay lifeguard, surfing in the area at the time, had responded to assist the  children and together with members of the public they were able to get the children to rocks and then recovered both of them to the beach and the alarm was raised.

The NSRI rescue vehicle, Gardmed ambulance services and EC Government Health EMS responded.

On arrival on the scene the children, girl aged 8 and boy aged approximately 10, both local children, were treated for non-fatal drowning symptoms and transported to hospital in stable conditions by ambulance for further treatment and they are expected to fully recover.

3-Legged Loggerhead turtle washed up in Jeffreys Bay

NSRI Jeffreys Bay were alerted following a call from Ettiene Venter of JBay Surf School reporting to have found a small sea turtle on Jeffreys Bay main beach that appeared to be injured,

NSRI crew member Elaine Schmidt, who also has the local responsibility for the assisting of injured and distressed sea animals in our area, collected the turtle from Ettiene. The turtle appeared to have an injured left hind leg.

Ettiene named the turtle Sunny.

Arrangements were made with Bay World in Port Elizabeth and one of our NSRI crew members going through to Port Elizabeth on Tuesday morning delivered the turtle to Bay World after we had cared for the turtle in our safekeeping in Jeffreys Bay overnight.

Bay World staff will take further care and the rehabilitation of the turtle and we are confident that the turtle will recover. 

Bay World have confirmed on Tuesday morning that most of the turtles left hind leg is missing and it is a Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling, about 2 to 3 weeks old, normally found in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal and it is suspected that the small turtle may have been swept down the coast in strong currents and storms and from missing most of one leg that may have contributed to the cause.

NSRI commended Ettiene  for his actions.