While Station Commander Jaco Kruger insists “we are not really interested in awards – we’re more focused on rescues, training and having a good time while doing so”, nevertheless, Station 14 has accrued a slew of awards and acknowledgements, including winning the RIB Station of the Year and receiving recognition from the International Maritime Rescue Federation’s (IMRF) for their purpose-built rescue stretcher that reached the finals in the Innovation and Technology category. The stretcher is designed for coastline rock and surf-patient extrication.
Kruger has been a volunteer with the NSRI for almost two decades, and was voted to the position of station commander in 2021. Located on the Garden Route in the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay, this busy station has been in operation since 1971. Crew meetings and training are held each Wednesday, with real-life rescues numbering around 40 a year.
“Training is key to the success of our station. Rescues and training create a bond among volunteers that is near indestructible. We are a great team of strong individuals working as a collective,” says Jaco.