Since the start of the Pink Rescue Buoy project in 2017, 81 lives have been saved with the use of these distinctive floatation devices.
The buoys have been strategically placed on signs at selected inland rivers, dams and at beaches, and in addition to reminding the public that they are in an area where there are no lifeguards on duty, the Pink Rescue Buoys can be used to help a person in the water who appears to be in distress.
The NSRI recently called on the public to return pink buoys, saying that in Jeffreys Bay alone, they have lost eight Pink Rescue Buoys in the last few days.
“Pink Buoys are there to save lives. They look cute – but are not toys. If you have removed a Pink Rescue Buoy from its pole please put it back immediately,” the NSRI expressed.
These life-saving devices are extremely valuable in helping to save lives. ID numbers and NSRI’s contact telephone numbers are also embossed on the buoys themselves so they can easily be returned to their posts after usage, or if they are lost or stolen.
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