Crews preach safety

December 02, 2016

Exciting: Rescue swimmer Max Leonard shows Bourchier St Primary students Erjola Dajko, Lindsey Telford and Riley Gretton around the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Lifesaving: Bourchier St student Muna Brown plays rescue swimmer to "save" Violet Minotti-Watson with help from helicopter crew (l-r) Max Leonard, Bob Wood and Paul Karis.

Epic entrance: The Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrives at Bourchier St Primary School to teach children during Water Safety Week.

It’s not every day you see the Westpac Rescue Helicopter land on the back oval of your school, but that’s what excited Bourchier St Primary School students saw on Wednesday.

The crew from the helicopter and lifeguards from Royal Surf Lifesaving Victoria visited the Shepparton school to share the important messages of Water Safety Week.

Some of the important safety measures the students took home was to never swim alone and how to signal for help if they are struggling in the water.

The helicopter crew also took the students through the capabilities of their aircraft and talked them through a rescue operation before answering the students’ many questions.

Summer is the busiest period for crew members of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, who are often doing daily patrols.

Forty-three people drowned in Victorian waters between July 2015 and June this year.

Water Safety Week aims to lower these numbers.

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