On 28 October 2015 the Witsand Sea Rescue boat, Breede Rescuer, will be officially launched and welcomed to her newly build boat shed.
After the successful rescue of four sailors from the capsized yacht Gulliver in 2011, when three Witsand NSRI volunteers risked their lives by going far out to sea in a terrible storm to go to the aid of the men who had abandoned ship, it was evident that Witsand needed a larger Sea Rescue vessel.
In early November 2014 the new 8.5m rescue boat Breede Rescuer started her service at Station 33, Witsand and the new Sea Rescue shed has now been completed, allowing the boat to be housed near the water. The protection that the new boat shed offers will extend her lifespan and improve emergency response time.
On Wednesday the 28th of October 2015 the state of the art 8,5 metre Search and Rescue vessel, Breede Rescuer, will officially be launched and welcomed to her newly renovated home. The new boat shed, purpose built to house her, will allow the crew to launch much faster than they have previously. The large Rigid Inflatable Boat gives the crew greatly improved safety, and endurance, for the rescue work in the area that they they cover, from Cape Infanta to the Gouritz River.
Pictures are available for download on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page.