TSR in the BBC

18 September 2018

TSR’s founding lifeboat coxswain Shukuru Lugawa is interviewed by the BBC.  Listen here!

Double rescue!

27 April 2017

TSR volunteer Ally leads his first rescue as coxswain — and TSR’s first double rescue! — as our lifeboat is dispatched to assist a vessel having lost its engines and drifting quickly towards a rocky lee shore.  Soon after setting up the tow, Ally and his crew were hailed by a small dhow overwhelmed by the strong wind.  Both towed back safe and sound:  Well done Ally!

Tanzania Red Cross partnership for community safety

21 December 2016

Tanzania Sea Rescue and the Tanzania Red Cross Society have partnered to deliver a safety message to at-risk communities within our Area of Operations.  The program will focus on our message of Dakika Mbili (“Two Minutes”), encouraging water-users to take a moment to plan to Stay Floating, Stay Visible, and Be Able to Call for Help in case they should find themselves unexpectedly in the water.  The program will also empower water-users will basic first-aid skills to help one another.

CCTV feature

8 December 2016

Following its first successful rescue operation in late October, Tanzania Sea Rescue was featured by CCTV on its pan-Africa news program “Africa Live”.  You can see our team’s story here.

SNSM training visit

17 October 2016


Tanzania Sea Rescue’s team spent four exciting days with a visiting lifeboat trainer from France’s volunteer sea-rescue organisation Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM). Antoine trained our crew in advanced boat handling, and helped TSR pull together the last steps in preparation for a first launch of rescue-response capacity in the next weeks.  A very big “thank you” to Antoine and SNSM, and a special thanks to Swiss International Air Lines for supporting this training!

TSR joins IMRF

4 October 2016


TSR is very pleased to be accepted into the International Maritime Rescue Federation, a global network of lifesaving organisations.  We look forward to contributing to this organisation’s work to prevent loss of life at sea.

RNLI ‘Future Leaders in Lifesaving’

21 August 2016


Two TSR volunteers were honoured with an invitation to attend the RNLI‘s “Future Leaders in Lifesaving” program at its headquarters in Poole, UK.  The two-week event was attended by representatives of sea-rescue organisations from over seven countries and unlocked powerful new ideas about leadership, organisational development, and setting of training and operational standards.  Read more including Shukuru’s interview with the UK’s Guardian newspaper here!

TSR’s lifeboat has arrived!

20 August 2016


Tanzania Sea Rescue is thrilled to accept its first lifeboat, generously donated by Safe Waters Foundation and brought to Dar es Salaam with the kind support of Alistair Group!   The lifeboat is a Gemini 550 ridged inflatable boat powered by two 60-hp outboard engines.  The boat was specifically built for maritime sea-and-rescue, and was previously used by South African volunteer sea-rescue organisation NSRI.

RNLI training visit

24 July 2016


Two instructors from the UK’s volunteer lifeboat organisation Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) got our team off to a strong start with 10 days of fantastic Lifeboat Crew Member Training.  This program helped lay strong foundation of key skills including navigational, search planning, boat handling, sea survival and boat handling.  A very big “thank you” to trainers Dave and Lee, to the RNLI for its support, and to Slipway Hotel for its kind assistance!