The team of Police and METRO rescue divers who were at the front of a major Sea Rescue operation in October 2012 to rescue three women who were trapped under the hull of Hout Bay charter boat Miroshga have been honoured by the Centrum Guardian Project. The divers were chosen as finalists in the project which honours the bravery of those who work in rescue.
Emotions ran high when two of the women who were rescued were brought onto the stage at the ceremony yesterday ( 13 September). Bronwyn Armstrong, was pregnant when she was rescued. There was hardly a dry eye in the audience when she, with her baby Lexie, and Anna-Marie Wevers were brought onto the stage and thanked their rescuers.
These pictures are available for download on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page.
The winner of the Centrum Guardian Project 2013 was Team Focus – Bus Tragedy in Meyerton
Team Focus – a group of fire fighters and medical crew involved in a bus accident rescue in Meyerton – was announced as the winner of the Centrum Guardian Project 2013 at a prestigious awards ceremony held at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg on Thursday 12 September 2013.
The Team Focus group (including fire fighters from the Meyerton Fire Station and medical personnel from ER24, Gauteng Emergency Medical Services, Netcare 911 and Vaal Emergency Ambulance Services) was called to a bus accident in the early hours of a wintry morning. An intense, six-hour operation left seasoned rescuers saddened when 19 people died and 53 were injured. In an accident that nobody – crews, family members and all of South Africa – wishes to see repeated, rescuers used every bit of stamina, training and apparatus at their disposal to save lives and deal quickly with injuries.
Team Focus has won R10 000 in prize money from Centrum® that will be divided amongst the individuals in the team. In addition, the team’s base stations have won R35 000 from Centrum®, R15 000 from One Lady and a Tribe and R10 000 from Enkosi Agency plus proceeds from SMS votes. This means that the base stations have won a grand total of R61 009 in prize money. The remaining finalist teams each received R2500 from Centrum® and each person received a six month supply of Centrum®.