Busy weekend for NSRI

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

NSRI in action from early Saturday morning

NSRI St Francis Bay had a rather busy week when just after midnight on Saturday, 09th December, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew launched sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II to rendezvous with the fishing vessel Santa Lara, 5 nautical miles from the Port of St Francis and 2 nautical miles off-shore.

The ship’s Captain had reported that they were steaming towards St Francis Bay advising that they had a crewman onboard suffering breathing difficulties.

On arrival on the scene our NSRI medics boarded the vessel and medical treatment to the 43 year old Port Elizabeth fisherman was administered and he was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and with oxygen therapy continuing we brought him to the Port of St Francis in a stable condition and he was taken into the care of Private Care ambulance services paramedics who transported him to hospital in a stable condition.

Sea conditions were 2 to 3 meter swells in a 27 knot wind.

The operation was completed at 01h30 and some of the crew were back in action at the St Francis Rocks concert cooking up a tidal wave of  boerie rolls served up with a really tasty, tangy, spicy tomato & onion gravy. Well done Sarah, you and your guys do an outstanding job.

The NSRI ensuring everyone was well fed with the boerie rolls at St Francis Rocks concert!

Bridge Club end of year function

Fun and Festivity at the St Francis Bay Bridge Club

Cheerful colours and innovative décor marked the end of year festivities with the Annual General Meeting, Christmas competition followed by lunch, being enjoyed by members of the St Francis Bay Bridge Club at The Links on Friday, 8 December 2017.

Geoff Ellis with Jeff Clause at Bridge Club Christmas lunch at the Links.

Geoff Ellis, Club Chairman, once again thanked Jeff Clause and the Links staff for their excellent service and commented that the Bridge Club would be a shadow of itself without the facilities of the Links and their staff.

A minute’s silence was held at the start of the Annual General Meeting proceedings for the late Dinks Liebenberg who had recently passed away at the age of 95. She had founded the bridge club and ran it for 21 years also organizing an annual bridge tournament as a fundraiser for the NSRI.

Friday Club Points Winner Shirley Nicholls (left) with runner up Una Moolman

Awards for the various club bridge competitions were presented: Monday Club Points went to Guy Wilson with Theonie Kirton being the runner up. The winner of Friday’s competitions was Shirley Nicholls and the runner up Una Moolman. The Club Teams award this year went to Stan Horwell, Andries Strydom, Una Moolman and Jill Browning all from Jeffreys Bay.

Wendy Mackenzie presented the “Fellowship Trophy” to Jane Fitchet. This is a special and coveted award in the form of an exquisitely handcrafted wooden pepper grinder made and donated by Don Mackenzie. It was awarded to Jane for being the most improved player and who also took on the task of treasurer which she has handled with consummate skill.

Fellowship Award recipient Jane Fitchet with Vice-Chairman John Boonzaier

All nominations for the new committee were accepted unanimously for the following year. The committee is as follows: Geoff Elllis (President) Arthur Baggott (Vice President) Jane Fitchet, (Treasurer), Melanie Heinamann (Secretary), with members being Rose Bruins, Sally Nienaber, and Roger Lea.

The well-supported and keenly contested Christmas Tournament followed with two sections competing for honours. N/S winners of the Red Section were Geoff and Elileen Ellis and E/W winners were Guy Wilson and Lynn Obray.

Winners of the N/S Green Section were Robyn Myburgh and Mary Rose Chandler and E/W winners were Darryl Hendricks and John Boonzaier.

Two of the eight winners of the Christmas Competition Robyn Myburgh (left) and Mary-Rose Chandler with Geoff Ellis.

News & Photos: Yvonne Bosman