Helicopter visit surprises pupils

ELISIA SEEBERSound Telegraph

Students’ hats were blown off and hands were over ears on Comet Bay Primary School oval last month when the Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter made a surprise landing.

When sent to the school oval, students were unaware of what was about to happen, when the sound of a chopper made heads turn to look to the sky.

Before they could question what was happening, a bright yellow helicopter landed on the oval.

Principal Matt Osborne said the surprise visit was to thank the children for participating in Boardies Day in March when the school raised nearly $1000.

“We like to support Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club and educate the kids on swimming between the flags and beach safety,” he said.

“The visit is a reward which coincides with our whole school reward day for the end of the year.”

Students listened to a talk by rescue swimmer Cameron Coulson who spoke about the duties of the helicopter crew.

Mr Coulson said the crew were on the lookout for vessels and people in distress, incidents on beaches, rip currents and marine life, including sharks.

Students were then allowed to take a closer look at the chopper and ask questions.

Mr Osborne said he hoped the visit would help students put names to faces and understand the role of the rescue helicopter.

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