The National Sea Rescue Institute is for South Africa what the Coast Guard is for the USA. The difference? The NSRI is purely a volunteer organisation. Port Elizabeth is services by Station 6 which is situated in the Port Elizabeth Harbour. I feel the the volunteers of the NSRI are amazing guys and gals. They are divided into crews and each crew is on duty for a week in a month. This means that they are on standby 24 hours a day and will drop anything when the call for help comes through. They also give up their whole weekend during the duty week to man the station and do whatever is needed there as well as essential training.
Here one of the crews are busy with a training session at Bird Rock just off the beachfront with one of the Defence Force helicopters.