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Watch: Stirring tribute to NSRI volunteers to mark 50th anniversary

In celebration of their 50th anniversary, NSRI created an advertisement showing the sacrifices behind the selfless work they do. 

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This advert caught me by surprise. My uncle is a member of NSRI and has been for years. 

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I was watching this advertisement with my 7-year-old and all the way through the advert I thought this girl's dad had died.  Both my son and I were so sad only to have the whammy at the end revealed that he is alive and on his way!

The video was created as a tribute to the heroes that give up time with their families and risk their lives to save others.

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According to the NSRI South Africa website, the rescue crew, technical experts and board of Directors are all unpaid volunteers. WOW, these guys need a huge round of applause! They are just incredible people.  

I cannot begin to imagine what these members' families must go through, considering that the ocean can be very unpredictable. I admire people like this so much, to wake up every day and know that you might just be saving someone's life. 

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Sea Rescue is manned by 1 000 volunteers at rescue bases around the coast and on inland dams. The organisation survives by relying on donations, banquets, and sponsorships.  

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