The Point Hotel hosts successful NSRI Statcom Conference, May 2011
Several weeks ago the NSRI Mossel Bay hosted a hugely successful multi-station exercise during which time; the local crew had the opportunity of working with a remarkable piece of equipment developed by the Plettenberg Bay and Knysna stations – a floating stretcher. The Mossel Bay crew immediately added this to their annual wish list and made the decision to raise the R13500 needed to purchase such a stretcher.
On Friday 27th May at the annual NSRI Station Commanders Conference held at The Point Hotel in Mossel Bay, the owner of the hotel and veteran volunteer for the Mossel Bay NSRI Station, Mr Louis Harris together with Dror Zur of Stars Restaurant and Sports Pub made the dreams of the Mossel Bay crew a reality by donating the funds necessary to purchase this floating stretcher.
Louis Harris who has a long personal history with the Mossel Bay NSRI station said " it was my pleasure and honour to be able to contribute such a useful piece of equipment which will make rescues easier for the NSRI volunteers and assist them in continuing with the superb work they do for our local community."
Dror Zur of Stars Restaurant and Sport Pub echoed these sentiments, "We believe that as a local business in Mossel Bay, it is important to contribute to our local non-profit organizations. We feel that the NSRI delivers an essential service to the whole community of Mossel Bay, and hope that our contribution will help save lives."
According to Dawie Zwiegelaar, Station Commander for Mossel Bay NSRI, who is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the new equipment, "The purchase of this floating stretcher is long overdue and will be an invaluable asset for rescues in areas which are difficult for our vessels to operate in safely."
He went on to explain that the floating stretcher would work with a combination of ropes and swimmers in the water directing it into place. "A good example of a difficult rescue area in Mossel Bay would be the cliffs on the south side – previous rescues and retrievals have had to make use of helicopters as our rescue vessels were unable to get close enough to people who had fallen. Under the right weather conditions this floating stretcher will make such rescues easier."
The NSRI is manned by 980 volunteers at 32 bases around the coast and on 3 inland dams. Donations, bequests and sponsorships cover the annual running cost of R25m.The volunteers save NSRI a salary bill in excess of R250m per annum. NSRI began in 1967 - as a humanitarian service, at no charge to the public. Their assets include 92 rescue boats of various sizes and 27 4x4 rescue vehicles. www.nsri.org.za