The NSRI is raising funds to support its essential boat replacement programme, and to improve the safety and capability of its rescue services in South Africa.
This new NSRI rescue boat, built in South Africa, will be entirely funded by our Launch a Legacy fundraising campaign and will carry the names of thousands of people to reach our target of R20 million.
The new ORC (Offshore Rescue Craft) is a 14m Search and Rescue craft that is self-righting and purpose-built for rescue operations in extreme conditions. At 14.8m long and 4.8m wide, it can be deployed on rescue missions as far as 50 nautical miles from land. It has an expected lifespan of at least 40 years and is scheduled for completion during the first half of 2021.
The investment will see the first fully South African-built offshore search and rescue craft being put together by local hands. It is a boost for what was once a thriving South African boat-building industry.
“To continue to deliver a world class rescue service in South Africa, the NSRI are investing in modern, high-tech rescue craft that will save even more lives on South African waters,” said Dr Cleeve Robertson, NSRI CEO.