Sea Rescue are Semi-Finalists Second Year Running

National Sea Rescue have once again received the recognition from Centrum Guardian and have been nominated as semi-finalists in the 2012 Competition.  

In January this year, Torsten Henschel, an experienced rescue swimmer from Station 23 Wilderness (this Station covers the area between Sedgefield and Glentana) rescued a young De Bult school boy off Swartvlei Beach.  An fun hostel day outing on the beach turned into an emergency “code red” for Station 23 when Ruan was pulled out to sea by a fierce rip current.  Torsten and his team got to Ruan in the nick of time and prevented the loss of a child, something no parent should ever have to face.  The sea was big and wild, Torsten had to dig deep and rely on years of training, skill, strength and determination, and when asked how he did it, Torsten’s replied “I am a father…..” 

Watch the Centrum Guardian Project on SABC 3 every Thursday evening at 22h10 with repeats on Friday mornings at10:00.  The NSRI’s STAMINA will be screened on 16 and 17th August – please diairise this – AND THEN VOTE FOR STAMINA.  

Voting can be done via SMS to 33123 at a cost of R1.50/sms (unlimited) or via the internet  at – navigate to STAMINA (10 free votes per e mail address). 

Sea Rescue is the only Non-Profit Organisation up for nomination this year, and the only rescue group manned entirely by volunteers.  We rely greatly on public support and donations, your vote for STAMINA could take the Station to the first prize of 55k, much needed funds required for the re-surfacing of the stations crumbling floor.  Each sms vote (R1.50/sms) also donates .20c to the Station. 

Last year’s worthy winner was Deon van Wyk of the George Eden Fire Department.  Let us stand together and bring this trophy back to theGarden Route! 

For more information about the National Sea Rescue Institute of South Africa, please visit their website at

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