Coast KZN


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