New rescue boathouse

2015-05-19 06:00
Jami Marnitz, Ian Kloppers and Nick Marnitz of the Kommetjie National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) are thrilled to be getting a new boathouse for the NSRI’s operations.

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nicole mccain

Jami Marnitz, Ian Kloppers and Nick Marnitz of the Kommetjie National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) are thrilled to be getting a new boathouse for the NSRI’s operations. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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A new home for the Kommetjie National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is under construction.

Building has begun on a boathouse in Van Imhoff Way, which will see the team moving from cramped quarters into a two-storey building with a control room, medical room and training centre. The building will also have enough room to house the car tractor, boat, jetski and quad bike, says station commander Ian Kloppers.

The NSRI station originally started out in a suburban garage at the Stepping Stones Clinic. There were no toilets and no running water, except for a garden hose.

The boat had to be pushed out of the garage and plastic chairs unpacked for training sessions and meetings.

The new base has been 18 years in the making, Kloppers says.

“A lot of paperwork is required for such an undertaking and there were quite a few hoops that we had to jump through,” he says.

“But that is behind us and we look forward to continuing to serve the community and saving lives on our waters.”

The team moved from the garage to its current location in a workshop area at the local Shell garage. Although an improvement, the space is not ideal as it is very small, Kloppers says.

For instance, rescues are often delayed as cars have to be moved out of the way in order to launch rescue crafts. The current site is also further away from the sea, which delays the team’s response, Kloppers explains.

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