NSRI St Francis Bay commander and volunteers commended

NSRI St Francis Bay, station commander, Marc May, has been commended for all the great sea rescue efforts he and the local sea rescue volunteers at Station 21, are doing to save lives.

From Left, Ian Wienburg (CEO), Marc May (Station Commander – Station 21), Clive Shamley (Regional Director, Eastern Cape) and Brett Firth (Deputy Station Commander – Station21)

In making the commendation at an impromptu visit to St Francis Bay, Ian Wienburg, the CEO of National Sea Rescue, also discussed the proposed upgrading of equipment, additions, alterations and maintenance at this active base. Wienburg’s knowledge and expertise is built from many years of service both on and off the sea.

May was congratulated on his enthusiasm with regards to growth of volunteer numbers, adding value to the crew plus efforts at stretching out to teams of fundraisers in the St Francis Bay community. These teams raise funds in many different events from water sports, golf, cycling and equestrian events to name but a few. All funds raised support Station 21’s base maintenance costs and upgrading of their equipment.

The Station’s volunteers were also commended on their ability to work under pressure and make the right choices being in the correct frame of mind to respond to the multitude of rescues that need attention in the St Francis Bay area. Wienburg believes team work and training, plus positive attitudes are the primary sources needed to be a NSRI volunteer.

He urged the public to support their local NSRI volunteers as “words cannot express the mental and physical work carried out by the local Sea Rescue volunteers in the saving of lives. Our NSRI volunteers have families; they give up family and work time to save others, to go out where others are not willing to tread.”

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