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IMG_5317Western Cape Tourism Minister, Alan Winde, officially opened the extended Sea Rescue boatshed in Witsand today and Executive Mayor, Clr Emor Nel, blessed the 8.5m rescue boat 'Breede Rescuer'. Both guests paid tribute to the incredible effort of the volunteers and thanked them for their contribution to the community and the effect on local tourism.IMG_5327 Executive Mayor, Clr Emor Nel, blessed the 8.5m rescue boat “Breede Rescuer”.IMG_5304The ceremony was well attended by local supporters as well as representatives from the flanking rescue stations. In a special presentation, NSRI CEO honoured the valuable contribution of Rob Wilson who undertook to bring this dream to reality.IMG_5301 Attie, Cleeve and RobIMG_5342 Charles Maema and NSRI Board Member Dr Dineo Moiloa with Executive Mayor, Clr Emor Nel, and Western Cape Minister of Tourism, Alan WindeIMG_5294 It was lovely to have Tannie Gita Pretorius with us. Her late son, Leon Pretorius, was a former coxswain and Station Commander of Station 33 and we miss him dearly.IMG_5345 We can always count on Heyneman Yamaha Outboards, Swellendam. They have a long history with the NSRI and take a personal interest in all our craft.IMG_5288IMG_5287Attie Gunter (Station Commander) with his daughter Karlie Attie Gunter (Station Commander) with his daughter KarlieLorraine Barry with NSRI CEO, Dr Cleeve Robertson Lorraine Barry Martin with NSRI CEO, Dr Cleeve RobertsonIMG_5293IMG_5353Images taken by Meriel Bartlett are available on FLICKR https://www.flickr.com/photos/searescue/albums/72157627330230423
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