Coastguards’ rescue tuition for P7s

Pupils from Borrowfield School at Montrose pool on Tuesday having instruction on cpr given by Elena Nicol and Brian Bolden from the Red Cross.
Pupils from Borrowfield School at Montrose pool on Tuesday having instruction on cpr given by Elena Nicol and Brian Bolden from the Red Cross.

HM COASTGUARD run water rescue events for primary seven pupils at all the local schools.

They are taught by the pool lifeguards how to rescue a person without putting themselves in dan-ger or entering the water.

They learn CPR courtesy of instructors from the British Red Cross.

Also on the list are the dangers that can be found on any beach, however innocent it may look. This is taught by Coastguards.

And the pupils are told how to make a 999 call when it is clear that an emergency situation has developed.

Deputy Coastguard Station Officer Scott Constantine told the Review: “This event has met with great success and we would like to thank our last-minute sponsors Zeta-pdm Ltd for making it possible.”

He said that over Tuesday and Wednesday, 169 pupils had taken part. In this 15th year of the courses, pupils from Borrowfield, St Margaret’s, Lochside, Southesk, Ferryden and Rosemount Primaries were involved.

Mr Constantine contin-ued: “This is the last time the courses will be at the old pool, as we shall be at the shiny new one in 2013.”

And he added the proof of the pudding - that two children who had taken the course a couple of years previously became involved in an incident at the beach, remembered what they had been taught, and resolved things safely.