On Saturday the 17 August, volunteers, supporters and Rotarians of Rotary Table Bay, Newlands and Hermanus gathered at our temporary Hermanus rescue base to bless their new 6.5-metre rigid inflatable vessel Rotarian Burnett

Chippy and Richard Burnett with Deon Langenhoven, Station Commander of NSRI Hermanus and NSRI CEO, Dr Cleeve Robertson

According to station commander Deon Langenhoven the new vessel was bought with funds received from Rotary. “Some 24 years ago, Rotarian Richard Burnett came up with the idea of hosting an annual wine auction to raise funds for the NSRI. Since then, the proceeds have funded rescue vessels, rescue vehicles, rescue base buildings and our water safety education programme. 

“Richard and a committee of Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Newlands and Table Bay have driven this project successfully and this year saw the first annual wine auction in Hermanus on 16 August and the 24th annual Cape Town wine auction to be held on 10 October. This is the reason why we decided to honour both Richard and Rotary for their work by naming the vessel Rotarian Burnett,” said Deon.

A total of R35 million is being spent by the NSRI in Hermanus. This includes a new station building and a locally built ORC140 recue vessel. “These vessels are well known as one of the best rescue boats on the water and as they are self-righting they are virtually unsinkable. We expect delivery of the ORC in February 2021,” said Deon.

NSRI CEO Cleeve Robertson said they are proud to be associated with such an amazing organisation like Rotary. “Thank you for your unwaivering support to Sea Rescue and our vision of Saving Lives, Changing Lives and Creating Futures,” he said.

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