Sea rescue base damaged in fire

2015-08-04 06:00
A fire has damaged the National Sea Resuce Institute’s Kommethie base.


A fire has damaged the National Sea Resuce Institute’s Kommethie base. PHOTO: NSRI

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The Kommetjie National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)’s temporary base has been damaged in a fire that started on Saturday at about midnight.

The base, which is located in a workshop at the Shell garage, is being used while the future permanent sea rescue base in Kommetjie is being built.

Ian Klopper, NSRI Kommetjie station commander, says: “On arrival we found Cape Town fire and rescue services fighting a fire at the laundromat next to our base.

“The fire had crept into the ceiling above our base. The fire raged through the roof, causing heat damage, water damage and damage from falling debris, from the burning ceiling to equipment in our sea rescue base.

“The laundromat was gutted and the wall separating the sea rescue base from the laundromat has been deemed structurally unsafe from heat damage.”

The fire was brought under control over two hours later, Klopper says.

“Once the fire had been extinguished our sea rescue volunteers began to move all of the equipment and by Sunday the majority of the equipment has been temporarily moved to our NSRI Kommetjie volunteers’ houses where space has been made available in garages,” he says.

“Attempts are underway to salvage as much of the equipment as possible but sadly some equipment has been damaged beyond repair. Due to structural damage to the building we will not be able to return to the building.”

The sea rescue craft were not in the sea rescue base at the time, having been moved recently to local garages.

“Contingency plans have been made to safely store our assets and equipment in one central space and one of our NSRI Kommetjie volunteers has made an entire garage at his family’s home available to house the assets and equipment for an unlimited period of time,” he says.

“NSRI Hout Bay and NSRI Simonstown are on alert to assist NSRI Kommetjie during any sea rescue emergencies in the area.”

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