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Dorus Rijkers

Rijkers was a Dutch lifeboat captain and folk hero who became famous for his sea rescues of nearly 500 shipwrecked victims. His life-saving career began in 1872 while he was captain of his own boat. While at sea, he saved all 25 crew members of the ship Australia from drowning. He later joined a Dutch lifeboat society as a volunteer and saved hundreds of people during dozens of rescue operations over three decades. How did Rijkers get the nickname Opa, which means "Grandpa"? More...
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How did Rijkers get the nickname, Opa, which means "Grandpa?"

This is the story of how Dorus received his nickname, Grandpa (Opa):

While still a young man, Dorus married Neeltje Huisman, a fisherman's widow who already had 6 children. Shortly after their marriage, Neeltje's eldest daughter had a child of her own, and so, at only 23 years of age, Dorus became known as Opa in Den Helder where he lived. Although the nickname began as a joke, Dorus soon started acting and looking like a grandpa, and from that time on he became primarily known by his nickname.

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Dorus Rijkers
Rijkers was a Dutch lifeboat captain and folk hero who became famous for his sea rescues of nearly 500 shipwrecked victims. His life-saving career began in 1872 while he was captain of his own boat. While at sea, he saved all 25 crew members of the ship Australia from drowning. He later joined a Dutch lifeboat society as a volunteer and saved hundreds of people during dozens of rescue operations over three decades. How did Rijkers get the nickname Opa
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This is a true hero in every sense of the word. Unlike those heroes who think and plan to kill people, Dorus Rijkers devoted all his life to saving human souls.
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Dorus Rijkers is indeed a true hero who led a humble and simple life who main goal was saving people's lives risking his own life in the process. He deserves all earthly honors for his courage and selfless attitude.
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