Empowering the NSRI
In the vast expanse of the ocean, unforeseen challenges often arise, affecting both human and marine life. At MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, our commitment to making a difference extends to supporting those on the front lines of ocean rescues—the dedicated crew of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).
The NSRI is a beacon of hope for those in distress at sea, committed to saving lives in emergencies. Your contributions to MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet play a pivotal role in empowering the NSRI crew with the specialized tools they need to navigate the unpredictable waters of ocean rescues. These funds ensure that the NSRI team is equipped to respond swiftly and effectively to a myriad of situations, from maritime accidents to marine life entanglements.
Whale Disentanglement Gear: A Critical Need:
When a juvenile Humpback whale became entangled in ropes and nets out at sea off the coast of Gqeberha mid-morning on 21 September, eyewitness reports reached the NSRI’s Station 6 crew, which swiftly launched two rescue craft to assist.
After searching for the whale for some time, it was eventually located, tired and showing signs of distress, with a rope trailing 17 metres behind. Two buoys were entangled in fishing rope that was wrapped around parts of the whale.
Despite the use of specialised cutting equipment, progress was slow, and the operation was paused after a cutting pole broke. Eventually, though, after much manoeuvring, the exhausted whale was set free.
Our oceans are teeming with diverse marine life, and unfortunately, they can fall victim to human-made hazards. Discarded fishing gear poses a significant threat, leading to the entanglement of whales and other marine creatures. Your support directly contributes to the acquisition and maintenance of whale disentanglement gear for the NSRI. This specialized equipment is crucial for safely freeing entangled whales, preserving these majestic creatures and the delicate balance of our marine ecosystems.
A Dual Impact: People and Marine Life:
The beauty of your contributions lies in their dual impact. By supporting MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, you’re not only helping the NSRI rescue people in distress at sea but also aiding in the protection of marine life. The NSRI crew, armed with the necessary tools funded by your contributions, becomes a force for good in safeguarding both human and animal lives.