Four fully operational shark bite kits have been installed on four of the beaches in Plettenberg Bay. This initiative, spearheaded by NSRI Station 14, was made possible by a Facebook fundraising campaign by the station, support from Plett Yamaha and The Tackle Box, and the ocean-loving community of Plettenberg Bay, who worked hard and continue to fundraise for this new initiative for our town.
As with the NSRI’s groundbreaking Pink Buoy Rescue Initiative, which was implemented in 2017 and won the International Maritime Rescue Federation Award for Innovation and Technology in 2018, these kits are in place to be used in the event of a coastal emergency. This initiative is in place for the community of Plett and its visitors to feel secure in the region’s preparedness to handle an emergency of this nature.
The shark bite kit boxes have been installed on the following beaches with combination locks: Nature’s Valley, the Wreck Beach, Robberg 5 Beach, and the Waves Beach at Keurboomstrand, with the plan to install them on all Plett beaches in the near future. In the event of an emergency, beach-goers can call the Sea Rescue number 082 990 5975 and the code will be provided to access the box’s contents and emergency services activated.
NSRI Station 14 would like to thank the community of ocean lovers who put this shark bite kit project in place, those who contributed via the station’s Facebook campaign, Plett Yamaha and The Tackle Box.
For more information, please visit: facebook.com/SeaRescuePlettenbergBay/