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Pink Rescue Buoys Continue to Play Crucial Role in Life-Saving Efforts



Pink rescue buoys

Pink rescue buoys continue to play a pivotal role in life-saving measures. The NSRI* reports that these distinctive flotation devices have saved over 110 people since their inception in 2017.

Deployed at selected beaches, rivers, and dams across South Africa, the pink buoys symbolise emergency assistance. According to Andrew Ingram, the NSRI spokesperson, they have documented the rescue of 177 individuals, highlighting the effectiveness of these strategically placed buoys, as reported by IOL.

Since the project’s launch, more than 1,800 pink rescue buoys have been sponsored by individuals and companies. These buoys are strategically positioned along the coastline and at inland rivers and dams, making them accessible in critical locations.

Ingram explained the buoys’ design: “They are designed to provide emergency flotation for those in difficulty in the water and flotation for a rescuer who goes in to help – despite being warned of the danger of doing this. We are constantly identifying additional sites where they can be placed in cooperation with municipal authorities.”

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The success of the pink rescue buoys has resonated with communities, and volunteers within these areas take responsibility for maintaining and ensuring the readiness of the buoys. However, Ingram noted a concerning trend of theft during the holiday season.

“Theft of a pink buoy may cost someone their life. If you see a pole that is missing a pink buoy, please call the cell number on the pole to let us know so that we can replace it,” urged Ingram, emphasising the critical role these buoys play in emergencies.

He also appealed to the public to report anyone possessing a pink buoy without NSRI identification, urging them to return it to the designated pole or contact the NSRI directly. Individuals can report missing or damaged buoys by contacting the NSRI emergency number, 087-094-9774.

*National Sea Rescue Institute

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