Thirty two of Sea Rescue’s Pink Rescue Buoys will soon be installed along the Overstrand coastline, thanks to the generosity of individuals, businesses and other organisations in our area.
According to Deon Langenhoven of NSRI Station 17 Hermanus, many people who visit our beaches do not know what rip currents are, or that they are the biggest danger that swimmers face.
“Sea Rescue all too often gets an emergency call for a swimmer in difficulty, and when we get there, we find two or more people in danger of drowning. Tragically, sometimes, we are not able to get there in time and someone does drown. Often the person who does not survive is the kind person who goes into the water to try and help a person in difficulty,” Langenhoven said.
Because this happens so often, Sea Rescue launched its Pink Rescue Buoy project in November 2017. These bright pink rescue buoys are hung on strategically placed signs and will hopefully remind people to take care when entering the water – and not to swim if lifeguards are not on duty.