This is a letter sent in by Quinton Marx who called Station 33 for help :
We have been on holiday recently in Witsand at the Breede River mouth. On 23 September, we went fishing quite far up river. We got a call from the Breede River Lodge, enquiring about our safety, as a gail was blowing. We were told to to stay put if we are safe until later to wait for the wind to die down and for the outgoing tide as it will then be much safer to return to the harbour at the lodge. We decided later to move closer to the lodge and anchor in on of the many little bays out of the wind and wait for conditions to improve.
On the way, near the power cables, we saw a boat against the opposite bank and the skipper signalling that they are in trouble. I went closer and learnt that they had engine problems . I was asked to take him on tow, but realised that conditions were not favourable and their boat was about twice the size of mine and that I will put all of us at risk. The lives of the persons on the boat were not threatened, and I decided that the NSRI has all the resources to assist. I requested the staff at the Breede river lodge to contact the NSRI at Station 33 and gave exact directions of the location of the boat in trouble.
It was not long before Station 33 responded and we saw them going up river and some time later on their way back with the boat on tow.
One gets a warm feeling when you see these guys in action in difficult conditions to rescue people that gets in to trouble. I realised that most of us take it for granted and maybe I need to be rescued one day.
I promised the guys at Station 33 that I will gladly give a donation as a token of gratitude for their unselfish service to the public.
I paid an amount of R500.00 in to the NSRI bank account today and request that this is allocated to Station 33.
Please also thank the guys at Station 33 on my behalf for being available when a member of the public was in trouble.