YOUTH MONTH: MATRIC LEARNER INSPIRED TO SAVE LIVES

Adrian Fransman, 18, volunteer at NSRI Station 39, Rocky Bay

Youth, be the best version of yourself. One of the NSRI’s youngest volunteers, Adrian Fransman is still in Grade 12 and helps to save lives on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast. “I love that quick burst of adrenaline that runs through your veins when the phone rings, followed by donning your full PPE, the coxswain briefs the


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YOUTH MONTH: INLAND SEA RESCUE VOLUNTEER FIT FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

Jivan Shunmoogam, 30, crew member at NSRI Station 27, Gauteng

South Africa’s youth should be active within their communities Jivan Shunmoogam is stationed at the National Sea Rescue Institute’s (NSRI) base 27 in Gauteng where he does service as one of the rescue crew. The NSRI is frequently seen carrying out ocean-based rescues and other operations but the volunteer rescue organisation is equally at home


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YOUTH MONTH: SAVING LIVES IS IN HER BLOOD

Jamie Potgieter, 21, volunteer at NSRI Station 27, Gauteng

South African youth need to stand together to make our country a better place to live For Jamie Potgieter, being an NSRI volunteer is about working with children while saving lives. The 21-year-old Junior Academy Coordinator and Trainee Coxwain is based at NSRI Station 27 Gauteng and has volunteered for six years, doing close to


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YOUTH MONTH: A DEEP FEAR OF THE WATER HAS NOT STOPPED YOUNG NSRI CREW MEMBER

Alicha Janse van Rensburg, 22, crew member at NSRI Station 15, Mossel Bay

No matter our nationality, we are all trying to better ourselves and be part of a better South Africa “This will probably come as a surprise to everyone, but I’m terrified of water,” said National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) NSRI crew member volunteer Alicha Janse van Rensburg. “Since I was little, I have been scared


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YOUTH MONTH: NEVER A DULL MOMENT FOR SA’S YOUNGEST NSRI STATION COMMANDER

Jonathan Kellermann, 24, NSRI Station 5 Durban Station Commander

Durban, one of NSRI’s founding stations has significant history and rescue experience While Jonathan Kellermann, Station Commander for National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Station 5 in Durban says his interest in the ocean and boating is what first got him to the volunteer organisation’s door, it is his passion for the people on the station


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YOUTH MONTH: KZN VOLUNTEER USING HIS SKILLS TO SAVE LIVES

Kwenza Majola, volunteer at NSRI Station 5, Durban

South African youth must use their talents to do positive things for communities The COVID-19 pandemic put Kwenza Majola’s dreams of developing himself and putting his swimming and lifesaving talents to good use, all while contributing towards the vision and mission of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), on hold, but his enthusiasm for the


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YOUTH MONTH: SEEING THOSE RED WETSUITS WHETTED THE APPETITE OF WEST COAST NSRI VOLUNTEER

Junré Marais, 25, Training Officer and Trainee Coxswain at NSRI Station 34, Yzerfontein (photograph credit to Marissa Nieuwoudt Photography)

Seeing those red wetsuits going out to sea whetted the appetite of a young Junré Marais growing up. Today, the 25-year-old final year Masters student in Plant Pathology at Stellenbosch University, can also be seen in the red rescue kit of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on the Cape West Coast. Marais volunteers as


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Incidents at Jeffreys Bay and Witsand

Witsand

NSRI volunteers from Jeffreys Bay Station 37 assisted in a search for missing man on Saturday, while volunteers from Witsand Station 33 assisted a boat in difficulty and in need of a tow. The incidents occurred as follows: JEFFREYS BAY: Michael van den Bergh, NSRI Jeffreys Bay station commander, said: At 10h07, Saturday, 27 June,


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YOUTH MONTH: HOW TWO LIFE CHANGING INCIDENTS SET YOUNG CAPETONIAN ON PATH TO BECOME A SEA RESCUE VOLUNTEER

Seth de Boer, 21, Surf instructor & rescue crew member at NSRI Station 16, Strandfontein

Sometimes a single event can have a defining influence on the direction one’s life can take. Seth De Boer , 21, experienced two in the space of two years which set him on the path to become a rescue volunteer with the National Sea Rescue Service (NSRI) and with a determination to go above and


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Youth Month: Youth stand ready to make the world and the NSRI even greater

Shawn Thomson, 18, volunteer at NSRI Station 15, Mossel Bay

Young Mossel Bay rescue ‘divemaster’ loves training people With Father’s Day come and gone, 18-year-old Shawn Thomson from Mossel Bay is thankful for the influence his dad had on him growing up – even if at the time it seemed like he was just being dragged along. Despite his tender years and only recently having


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