The St Francis Bay Nautical Festival took place on Saturday 25th April at Port St Francis and to coincide with the event, NSRI Station 21 scheduled a training exercise in cooperation with the South African Fire Services.
The exercise included the mock-up of a “craft at sea on fire” that required Sea Rescue to extract crew from the water and Fire Services air support to assist in dousing the allegded distressed craft on fire.
NSRI Station 21, St Francis Bay launched its rescue boat “Spirit of St Francis” and its Discovery Rescue Runner “Charlie” to deploy rescue swimmers and crew which were then flawlessly recovered from the water.
The exercise was considered a highly successful example of inter-organization co-operation in a rescue scenario. NSRI volunteer Craig Kilfoil made a short video of the event.