Boat Distress at Sea

Contact details and information on who to contact for the rescue of people or recovery of boats in distress at sea.

National Sea Rescue Institute- NSRI

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is run by 900 unpaid volunteers at 31 bases around the coast (and on 4 inland dams). They are on standby day and night throughout the year. NSRI began in 1967– as a humanitarian service, at no charge to the public and are run on donations, bequests and sponsorships which cover their annual running cost of R52.5m.


Regional Emergency Contacts:

Durban: 031 361 8567

Shelly Beach: 082 990 5950

Port Edward:  082 990 5951

Richards Bay: 082 990 5949

 Who to contact
Craig Lambinon 082 380 3800
Head Office

Physical Address 
1 Glengariff Road
Three Anchor Bay
Cape Town

Postal Address
PO Box 154 
Green Point

Telephone: 021 434 4011 (office not emergency)

In an EMERGENCY please call 112 from your cellphone. 

South African Maritime Safety Authority- SAMSA

SAMSA conducts Maritime Rescue Co-ordination in an emergency involving imminent danger to a vessel and the people on board.

SAMSA is responsible for Merchant Shipping (National Small Vessel Safety) Regulations 2007, on inland vessels and coastal waters.

In the Eastern Region this includes : Durban, Richards Bay; Port Edward to Ponta do Ouro and adjacent tidal inland areas; and all dams contained in KwaZulu-Natal.

 Who to contact
Port Emergency Numbers:

Durban (includes Durban and Richards Bay)

Telephone: 076 859 6790 / 076 133 7799

Durban Duty Officer:

Website: SAMSA- Small Vessel Safety