Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter crew visit Murray Bridge South Primary School

FLYING HIGH: The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter crew dropped in for a visit to the Murray Bridge South Primary School. Photo: Supplied.
FLYING HIGH: The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter crew dropped in for a visit to the Murray Bridge South Primary School. Photo: Supplied.

Flying in from the sky, it was met with Murray Bridge school student's "oohs and ahhs" as it landed on the facilities' oval.

Students at Murray Bridge South Primary School got a first hand look at a day in the life of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter crew who patrol the coastline on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

They learnt about how to keep safe at South Australian beaches and other safety techniques.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service is operated by Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA), and provide a vital free community service to South Australians each year. It is based at Adelaide Airport and has been helping South Australians for the past 16 years.

Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service crew member, David Guest has been a Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter crew member for three years and admitted it's very rewarding to work.

"The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter plays a vital role in helping lifesavers keep our beaches safe, and it's exceptionally rewarding to be a part of the team," Mr Guest said.

"Patrolling the coast from the sky each weekend over summer with our new equipment, we're there to spring into action if we're called upon. It's a great feeling knowing we're always ready to save a life if the situation arises."

Westpac Regional General Manager, Adrian Carpenter said the students heard from the crew first-hand who dedicate their lives to helping others in the community when they need it most.

"Westpac is proud to support the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service and help educate our young South Australians about emergency services in their local community," Mr Carpenter said

"In bringing the Westpac helicopter to Murray Bridge South Primary School, our SA Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter crew will provide important safety tips and advice on how students can avoid getting into danger at local beaches and stay safe during an emergency.

"The session is very interactive as students can also ask the crew and pilot specific questions about flying, rescues and beach patrols.

"It's very exciting for students, as they have the opportunity to sit inside the helicopter and see the state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment designed to help the crew deal with emergency situations.

"It's a really fun exercise for everyone involved."

Last season, the service undertook 200 patrol hours, assisted with over 2,600 incidents and spotted 73 sharks. The Service also recently rolled out two new lifesaving rescue devices to help swimmers in danger, adding to its suite of high-tech radio and navigation equipment to assist in search and rescue missions.

For more information about the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, visit Westpac.com.au/rescue.

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