Between the 1st of December, 2016 and the 2nd of January, 2017, NSRI responded to 132 operations in which 193 persons were rescued.
38 of these operations were responses to boats and ships calling for assistance and 3 patients were evacuated for medical reasons from ships. 10 animals were also assisted.
37 fatal drownings (23 adults and 14 children) were attended to around the coast and on inland waters.
While the majority of the drownings are attributable to drownings in the sea suspected to be caused by coastal rip-currents some were from suspected medical causes and others from fatal drownings in lagoons, swimming pools, rivers, lakes and dams or from accidents around water.
NSRI are committed to drowning prevention.
The NSRI media safety campaign – WaterWise – reached almost a million children around the country and which has also seen the Western Cape Department of Education adopting this program into the school curriculum, the introduction of pool noodles to some beaches in a pilot project, and in an intense collaboration with other services – the SA Police Services, SA Lifesaving, Provincial Government Health EMS, Private ambulance services, Municipalities and their Municipal lifeguards and Municipal Law Enforcement agencies, Fire Departments, Traffic Departments, local lifesaving agencies, SA National Parks, Community Services and National and Regional Emergency Call Centres.
The NSRI is staffed by volunteers and provides assistance to those in need on the sea and in the water free of charge and continues it’s work on the back of private sector donations in the abscence of direct monetary support from the government.
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Article source: http://mype.co.za/new/nsris-festive-season-success/81596/2017/01