The National Sea Rescue Institute, Station 11 (Port Alfred), has identified the need for a permanent Satellite Station to be situated in Kenton on Sea. Over the past 3 years there have been a number of emergency incidents in this area, which include drownings, vessel assistance and medevacs. Taking into account the recent population growth, it is considered that the on-site service of NSRI would be invaluable, most importantly, in saving lives.
Note that the current response times from Port Alfred to Kenton on Sea are as follows:
- To launch a craft from Station 11 and travel by sea it takes a minimum of 55 minutes
- By road, supported by local emergency services, a minimum of 15 minutes is needed
- By road (as above), but towing a vessel, it takes a minimum of 60 minutes
This proposed Satellite Station would be able to service the beaches in Kenton on Sea, Boknesstrand and Cannon Rocks, the Kariega River, Bushman’s River and the Boknes lagoon as well as local dams in the area.
The Station would be fully equipped with a vessel, quad bike, rescue equipment and all personal protective equipment as required by NSRI. Local volunteers would be trained to operate the Station effectively.
The estimated cost of setting up the Satellite Station,
complete with all equipment, R1.2million
As proud supporters, the Rotary Club of Kenton on Sea has partnered with NSRI to assist with fund raising for this very worthwhile project. We firmly believe that a Satellite Station, situated within the precinct of Kenton on Sea, is of vital importance, not only to the safety of local residents, but also to the holiday community.
How can you help?
Donations Via EFT
Account Name: Rotary Kenton
Bank: Standard Bank
Account Number: 28 110 659 2
Branch: Port Alfred
Branch Code: 051117