Supporters, donors, crew, retired crew, colleagues in the emergency services and friends gathered this morning to share in the special celebration of the naming and blessing of the 8.5m RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) Jack & Irene stationed at our NSRI Gordon’s Bay Rescue Base.
Former Station Commander, Stuart Burgess, shared fond memories and honoured the lives of the late Jack & Irene Riley who were the benefactors of two rescue vessels Jack Riley and Jack & Irene. Our Operations Director, Mark Hughes, then handed over the keys officially to Station 9 Gordons Bay.
A special word of thanks to the rescue crew and Kim Gresse who made all the arrangements, to Lana and the Gordon’s Bay Yacht Club for hosting us and to Stuart Burgess’s mother who first introduced us to the Rileys – resulting in a very long and special friendship with NSRI.
Psalm 107:23-29 (KJV)
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths:
their soul is melted because of trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.
Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!