National Sea Rescue Institute sets up base in Benoni

Station 27 – Gauteng moved from Victoria Lake, in Germiston, on August 1.

“The NSRI is a voluntary organisation, with NSRI stations providing emergency assistance at sea rescue bases around the coast and at a number of inland stations too,” said station commander Gerhard Potgieter.

The station has 20 volunteers and are on standby 24/7 to respond to emergencies.

“Our rescue crew all have day jobs and families, but they put their lives on hold to divert to a rescue scene and help the community when there is a need,” said Potgieter.

“Much of our time is spent on training and we recently completed a specialised Swift Water Rescue course.

“Last year Station 27 assisted in the search for the missing girl from Diepsloot who was tragically swept away by the Jukskei River.”

The institute also helps at rowing events, many of which are school events.

Potgieter said they plan to raise funds to purchase a 4 X 4 customised rescue vehicle, which will allow them to tow the NSRI rescue boat and rescue jetski to incidents.

“At present we have to respond using our private vehicles,” Potgieter added.

Station 27 can be contacted on the following numbers: Potgieter on 083 304 1292, deputy station commander Dr Willem Sprong on 083 611 95 89 or via email at station27@searescue.org.za

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