Very often rescue bases tend to be austere places with only the very basic home comforts. So there was much jubilation last week when Lewis Stores in Port Shepstone donated and delivered a large corner couch, an urn, a kettle, a sandwich-maker and an iron to the base.
“It feels like Christmas has arrived early”, quipped Antoinette le Roux, one of the senior crew members.
Only a few members of the crew knew of the donation because it was facilitated by Alison from our Head Office in Cape Town so there was also the added surprise factor when the duty crew opened the base at 07h00 on Saturday.
“We spend a lot of time at the base either training for rescues or on rescues and a few home comforts make our lives that bit easier. It is a comfort to know that when we come back from sea after a rescue operation or a hard training exercise there is a cup of hot coffee and a sandwich waiting to ease the fatigue”, said Deputy Station Commander, Pieter Coetzee.
He also said that this sort of support makes a huge contribution to our mission to save lives on South African waters.
“Our appreciation knows no boundaries”, he said.
Submitted by John Rolt, Station 20