NSRI’s pink buoy could save a life

2017-12-21 06:00
The local National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) rolled out an emergency flotation campaign using pink torpedo buoys - a first for the Eastern Cape.                      Photo:SUPPLIED

The local National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) rolled out an emergency flotation campaign using pink torpedo buoys - a first for the Eastern Cape. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE local National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) rolled out an emergency flotation campaign using pink torpedo buoys - a first for the Eastern Cape.

These brightly coloured rescue devices are placed at high risk areas - including Dolphin Beach, Magnatubes, Paradise Beach and Albatross Beach - especially where there are rip currents, and no lifeguards on duty.

According to NSRI Station 37 Station Commander Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, the sign holds a pink torpedo buoy. “By using simple graphics, the NSRI explains how it should be made available to a person in difficulty and that an untrained person should not enter the water to help or try to rescue someone.”

It furthermore provides two telephone numbers to dial for help, as well as a location number so that bystanders can tell Sea Rescue volunteers exactly where they are.

The idea behind the project is to supply an emergency flotation to someone who is in danger of drowning, while calling for professional help. “The Pink Torpedo Buoy project needs the support of the community. If the community takes ownership of the project, the pink buoys will only be removed from their holder in an emergency and will be replaced afterwards,” says Janse van Rensburg.

According to Janse van Rensburg, ideally every piece of water that is used for recreation should have an emergency flotation device.

“Sea Rescue Jeffreys Bay would like to encourage local businesses and residents to get behind the project and sponsor even more pink torpedo buoys in our area.

“We extend our sincerest appreciation to the companies and individuals who made the initial six pink torpedo buoys a reality.”

The cost of the pink torpedo buoy and the sign is R1 400. This excludes a pole and labour.

For more information, contact Janse van Rensburg at 071 896 6831.

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