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On 14 November, we had the blessing of the new 8.8m RIB at Station 5 Durban, Spirit of Surfski 6. In 2007, Billy Harker, got the Surfski community to join hands and support NSRI after paddler Casper Kruger was rescued in False Bay. An extensive and nail-biting sea and air search was launched for Casper when he failed to make the finish of a race in Gordon’s Bay. He was eventually found nearly seven hours later, clinging to his ski just as the sunset. This incident inspired members of the Surfski community to donate to NSRI via a monthly debit order and their contributions have totalled over R6.7 million to date. If you would like to support this initiative please click here:

Nicky Armstrong, past Mayor of Westville chatting to our volunteers

Ann Harker, Billy Harker's mom had the honour of blessing the Spirit of Surfski 6

“May God bless her and all who sail in her”

From left: Tracy, Ann and BIlly Harker

The Harker Clan with Station Commander, Jonathan Kellerman and CEO Dr CLeeve Robertson

Volunteer Crew getting ready to take Spirit of Surfski out for a demonstration

The “Spirit of Surfski 6” performs a boat display in the Durban HarbourThank you to Trevor Steenekamp for the images.

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