Seychellois veteran seafarer celebrates 80th birthday 

(Posted 02nd April 2022)

Jeffrey Durup, the La Digue born Seychelles renowned seafarer celebrated his 80th Birthday last Friday the 1st April and was joined in La Digue by his Praslin colleague of repute Luc Grandcourt as well as close family and friends for a surprise lunch at the island’s L’Ocean Hotel organised by his son Lenny Durup and cousin Carl Mills and their families.

Jeffrey Durup and Luc Grandcourt who both ensured continuous service by their schooners for the islanders of La Digue and Praslin respectively and this for many many years have both survived a stroke and were emotional as they met at the surprise lunch last Friday. Captain Luc Grandcourt had made the trip to La Digue even though he is now wheelchair bound, to join his old friend and all his close family members.

An emotional and teary Jeffrey Durup was overtaken with joy when he was greeted by all the gathered family and friends, some who had even travelled from Mahe and Praslin.

Jeffrey Durup and his schooner ‘Kapris Letan’ has also provided service to many of the outer islands as well as ensuring the needed resupplying of the inner islands of Bird and Denis. No weather, no matter how rough, would deter Jeffrey Durup from making a planned voyage.

ATCNews joins Alain St. Ange, who conveyed the story, to wish the celebrant a happy 80th birthday, many more returns of the day and as we say in Germany ‘Mast und Schotbruch’ …

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