Twelve lives were lost to drowning between December 2023 and January 2024, with an additional 25 individuals barely escaping the same fate. The majority of the victims were young adults, and the incidents often occurred during weekends and school holidays. While there has been a 29% reduction in fatal drownings compared to the previous year, caution and vigilance are still critical, and swimming should only be done under the watchful eye of lifeguards and within designated areas. Education, awareness, and respect for nature are our most powerful defenses.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has been making remarkable progress in the fight against drowning incidents in South Africa. The country has been grappling with a significant number of drowning deaths, with an average of 1,477 annually, most of whom are young children. In 2022, the devastating floods in KZN claimed the lives of an estimated 435 people. This article highlights the NSRI’s tireless efforts in drowning prevention through education and skills development.
Cholera is a highly contagious waterborne illness that has recently emerged as a pressing concern for health authorities in South Africa. The Department of Health is calling on citizens to remain vigilant and take proactive measures to prevent the spread of the disease through contaminated food, water, and surfaces.
Not all heroes wear capes, but sometimes they carry a Pink Rescue Buoy. The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) developed an innovative, groundbreaking initiative for drowning prevention in 2017. This initiative has been so successful that it won the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Award for Innovation and Technology in 2018.