Water safety message flies in

GUTHRIDGE Primary School received a special visit on Wednesday from the Victorian Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter as part of Water Safety Week.

Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club volunteers and the helicopter’s crew assisted with an educational program on water safety with the objective of reducing the number of drownings in Victoria.

The activity, developed by Life Saving Victoria, engages schools with their local lifesaving club.

Guthridge Primary School was one of three schools to receive a visit from the helicopter.

Westpac Sale branch’s Julie Musolino said Westpac was extremely proud to sponsor the (rescue helicopter) service and the fantastic work it does.

“Students can learn a lot from interactive experiences such as these including those who’ve grown up in a community by the beach,” she said.

“All children and adults need to be made aware of how they can be safe around the water.”

There are two rescue helicopters operating in Victoria with one based in Geelong and one in Moorabbin.

Each Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter carries a team of dedicated volunteer lifesavers and a highly trained pilot, to patrol Victoria’s coastline as well as providing valuable back-up support for other marine and inland emergencies.

The aerial patrols operate on weekends and public holidays from mid-November until Easter Monday, with increased daily patrols operating from December 26 to January 26.

The helicopters’ tasks include shark patrols, static line rescues, search and rescue of lost swimmers, missing boats and fishermen in distress as well as a support role in inland emergencies.