South African Sea Cadets 

Young Sea Cadets jumped into action in the face of fire and used their training to stop an impending disaster!


Hout Bay, South Africa – On Saturday, 11 January 2020, after finishing their lunch at Hout Bay harbour, the officer commanding TS Woltemade, Lieutenant Commander Paul Jacobs, and his Midshipman, Mikayla Pillay, noted a landward boat was burning next to a building.

Sea cadet and fire-fighting training kicked in as a crowd gathered to observe the pair’s leadership skills in the face of impending disaster. Paul and Mikayla took charge, sprang into action, enlisted volunteers, manoeuvred the burning boat away from the nearest building – thereby reducing the possible risk to people and surrounding infrastructure caused by the fire – and got the flames under control before the fire engines arrived.

Occurrences like this showcase the calibre of South Africa’s Sea Cadet officers and the value inherent in the training which youth Sea Cadets, aged 13 to 17, receive at the initiative’s 14 units across South Africa.

“Bravo Zulu (Well Done!) to Lt Cdr Paul Jacobs and Midshipman Mikayla Pillay from TS Woltemade – and all the other Sea Cadet volunteers out there.” 

Check out some of the photos below:

For more information on the South African Sea Cadets and Training Ships across South Africa, go to

Sources: South African Sea Cadets 
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