The National Sea Rescue Institute’s 2015 AGM was held at the Rotunda, The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay, and included long service awards for volunteer crew, awards for service to NSRI, and four awards for remarkable rescues carried out by NSRI volunteers, the SA Navy and a Grade 8 Knysna school pupil. The awards were handed out by NSRI Chairman, Ronnie Stein.
Pictures are available on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page for download.
This is a full list of awards made:
SILVER GALLANTRY AWARD Johnny Albert – Station 2 Bakoven, Jeremy Joseph Godfrey – Station 2 Bakoven, Alex Ryan Albert – Station 2 Bakoven. For the rescue of 18 year old Shane Keenan who was entangled in his kite lines and being swept towards rocks off Glen beach, Camps Bay, by a huge ground swell and a 50 knot South Easter on 19th January 2015.
BRONZE GALLANTRY AWARD Daniel Heimann – previously Station 6 Port Elizabeth (now HQ) and Stephen Van Den Berg – Station 6 Port Elizabeth for going to the rescue of surfskier Clinton Hempel, on 1 November 2014, at Sardinia Bay. Clinton had paddled with friends from Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, to Sardina Bay. The conditions deteriorated during the paddle and he fell off his surfski near to the take out beach. Separated from the group and unable to remount his surfski he became seriously hypothermic. Although he managed to hold onto the ski he was unable to help himself in any other way.
CHAIRMAN’S Letter Of Appreciation SAS Isandlwana Captain and crew for rescue of 6 crew on yacht Bille. On the 7th January 2014, SAS Isandlwana responded to the stricken Angolan yacht Bille taking part in the Cape to Rio Yacht race approximately 100 miles NW of Saldanha Bay. Using a small inflatable the SAS Isandlwana’s crew went to the rescue of the six crew members of the stricken dismasted yacht. Unfortunately the seventh crew member of the yacht died when the yacht was dismasted in the storm prior to the arrival of the rescue team.
WATERWISE ACADEMY RECOGNITION AWARD Devon Dodd, a Grade 8 pupil at Oakhill School in Knysna, was surfing at Buffalo Bay on Freedom Day, April 27 when he noticed a swimmer in distress and he rescued the man, who’s name he never found out, using his surfboard as a floatation aid. It is the first time that this award has been made.
MARMION MARSH AWARD Billy Harker – In 2006, following a long search by air and sea units in foul weather conditions, in fading light, the NSRI eventually found and saved the life of surfskier Casper Kruger. Race organiser Billy Harker approached the NSRI about starting a surfski paddlers fundraising project. The concept was simple: a R25 per month debit-order campaign marketed into the surfski community and ring fenced to fund Sea Rescue boats around the country. The funds raised have been used to build 4 rescue boats to date. Spirit of Surfski 1 in Gordon’s Bay, Spirit of Surfski 2 in Simon’s Town, Spirit of Surfski 3 in Durban and Spirit of Surfski 4 is currently in production and will serve at Port Elizabeth.
ALRIC SIMPSON AWARD Captain Kieron Cox – for his quite remarkable contribution over the past 29 years to the training of NSRI crew. For 27 years Capt. Cox was a member of the National Operations & Trainee Committee sub-committee on Training, in a purely voluntary capacity. He was specially noted for his meticulous attention to detail in contributing to the formulation of content and in designing the format of the task books and manuals needed to ensure that our crew were given the best possible grounding for their task as sea rescue volunteers. In particular Capt. Cox designed a training course on Electronic Navigation Systems tailored to our special needs, which he has donated to NSRI.
Hendrik Josias Henn – Station 17 Hermanus on the occasion of his standing down from the position of station commander of Station 17, Hermanus, on the 14 April 2015 after 26½ years in the post – and for staying on as operational crew.
LONG SERVICE AWARDS – 20 YRS
LAURENT ERAY – STATION 14 Plettenberg Bay
NAZEEM ABRAHAMS –STATION 16 Strandfontein
GAVIN FORDHAM – STATION 19 Richards Bay
MICHAEL SAUNDERS – STATION 25 Hartbeespoort Dam
GEOFF HARRIS – Coastwatcher at STATION 9 Gordons Bay
LYNNE HARRIS – Coastwatcher at STATION 9 Gordons Bay
LONG SERVICE AWARDS – 25 YRS
DR. JOHN DONALD – STATION 14 Plettenberg Bay
ANDRE FRASER – STATION 15 Mossel Bay
MARION SPENCER – STATION 17 Hermanus
LONG SERVICE AWARDS – 30 YRS
DAVID ROBINS – Director and STATION 3 Table Bay
LONG SERVICE AWARDS – 35 YRS
ROGER CLANCY – STATION 12 Knysna
PHIL RESS – STATION 3 Table Bay
MICHAEL CLARK – STATION 17 Hermanus
LONG SERVICE AWARDS – 40 YRS
BRAD GEYSER – OBM, STN 2 Bakoven & Station 8 Hout Bay
ROB STIRRAT – Director and STN 3 Table Bay
IAN WIENBURG – Director and STN 3 Table Bay
LONG SERVICE AWARDS – 45 YRS
IAN STRACHAN – HLG, STN 9 Gordons Bay
MOST IMPROVED STATION AWARD
Station 20 Shelly Beach
BEST RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) STATION AWARD
Station 2 Bakoven
THE PAT O SULLIVAN SHIELD FOR THE BEST BIG BOAT STATION
Station 10 Simon’s Town
|Station Excellence Awards 2014-2015|
|Region 1 – Hout Bay, Table Bay, Bakoven, Mykonos, Melkbosstrand|
|Region 2 – Simon’s Town, Gordon’s Bay, Strandfontein, Agulhas|
|Region 3 – Witsand, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Still Bay, Wilderness, Mossel Bay|
|Region 4 – East London, Port Alfred, St Francis Bay, Jeffreys Bay|
|Region 5 – Durban, Richards Bay, Port Edward|
|Region 6 – Hartbeespoort Dam, Vaal Dam|