Season two of Durban Beach Rescue promises an action-packed experience

The friendly lifeguards of Durban Beach Rescue smile for the camera!

The picturesque view and serene atmosphere at Durban’s Oyster Box was the perfect setting for the launch of season two of the real, in-the-moment character-driven docu-reality series, Durban Beach Rescue.

Media representatives and special guests were invited to the memorable launch, which was packed with exciting moments, special treats and of course, enlightening banter.

Set in the ‘beachy’ city of Durban during the December holiday season, the show follows the day-to-day experiences of courageous and determined lifeguards who risk their lives to keep three million holidaymakers and tourists safe.

With unpredictable conditions, overcrowded beaches, the threat of sharks and soaring temperatures, the lifeguards do not only save lives but also have zero-tolerance for those who try to break the rules.

This is the story of Durban’s beaches, which are some of the busiest in the world, told through the eyes and daily lives of the lifeguards and rescue workers whose duty it is to keep all safe.

At the launch, it was reiterated often that these brave men and women are not just lifesavers as they are also highly skilled and trained individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of others. It is evident that their challenges are intense, yet despite this, these passionate and down-to-earth men and women are all about making a difference.

As formalities commenced, attendees learned that over the 12-part series, viewers will come to know the friendly lifeguards from several beaches and learn more about their personalities and their strengths.

Season two of this series is also filled with high-drama, fast-paced and real-life action, according to organisers and producers. “There’s never a dull moment on Durban beaches and it’s all captured in this docu-reality series,” they said.

Attendees were soon introduced to the lifeguards who are a part of the show. Sihle Xaba, known as the ‘Guardian of the People’ is a senior lifeguard at Wedge Beach while Clint ‘Stickman’ Van der Merwe is the ‘Sergeant Major’. He is the co-ordinator at Central Beach.

The bubbly Sue-Ellen Martin is regarded as ‘The Ambitious Queen of the Central Beaches’ and she is a lifeguard at Battery Beach. James, also known as ‘The Man from Atlantis’ is a senior lifeguard at the Umhlanga Main Beach. Mr Charisma, AKA, MJ Mkhize is the senior lifeguard also at the Umhlanga Main Beach.

Cameron Coleman, who is dubbed ‘The Rescue Machine’, is a seasonal lifeguard at the Umhlanga Main Beach while Ant ‘Mogwa’ Magora is the senior lifeguard at Bronze Beach. He is known as ‘The Legend and Expert on Everything’. Last and not least is ‘The Real Rookie’, also known as Tammy who is stationed at Bronze Beach as well.

Season two definitely has a different look to season one as a larger percentage of the series was filmed at the northern beaches and the respective team was determined to not miss a thing and recorded around 78 incidents.

This ranges in severity from minor cuts, scrapes, and pull outs to major mass rescues of more than five people and also a night rescue where a young woman celebrating the New Year came within inches of losing her life in the dark and stormy seas.

Attendees were also very privileged to have seen a sneak-peak into the new series. If anything, it definitely lives up to its expectations. Durban Beach Rescue is set to premiere on DStv’s Travel Channel (179) in November this year.

Elaine Naidoo
Digital Editor

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