Restaurant owner honoured at Sea Rescue award ceremony for bravery

2016-06-07 08:29
The view from the Sandown Blues Restaurant and Cocktail Bar in Kleinmond. (Supplied, Paul Richards)

The view from the Sandown Blues Restaurant and Cocktail Bar in Kleinmond. (Supplied, Paul Richards)

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Cape Town – A restaurant owner who rescued three women who were caught in a rip current at Kleinmond beach was honoured at the 49th National Sea Rescue Institute Awards ceremony on Monday night.  

Restaurant owner Paul Richards, who could not attend the ceremony, was one of the many who were honoured at the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay.  

Richards was awarded with the Chief Executive Officer’s Letter Of Appreciation.  

He rescued three women, aged 56, 19 and 18 who were swept out to sea by a rip current at Kleinmond beach on October 15, 2015.  

When he saw the three women struggling to swim, he ran to the beach but by the time he got there the women were already at least 200m out to sea. However, he gestured and shouted to them to swim across the beach front.

After heeding his instructions, all three women, from Botswana, were able to get back to the beach safely without assistance.

Other award-winners included Captain Hervé Lepage of the 277m French Bulk Carrier CMA CGM Rossini who was honoured for the rescue of two yachtsmen, Jean Sitruk, 65, from Lyon in France and his crewman Kyle Castelyn, 20, from Strand in Cape Town, after their yacht, the Llama Lo struck a whale and capsized off the Wild Coast.

The awards ceremony also recognised the contribution of the volunteer Sea Rescue crew, as well as others who went beyond the call of duty.

Howard Godfrey and Ian Hamilton were honoured for serving for 45 years as Sea Rescue volunteers.

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