On Friday, 12th of February, the pupils and staff of Castlelyons National School had a very exciting morning. Earlier in the school year, Caroline Casey ( Safety Officer for Cork City and County Council) came to the school and worked with the children regarding water safety, and how to stay safe when in the water.
The pupils successfully completed the course and the school was awarded the Water Safety Awareness Award. However, this was only the start of a very exciting adventure.
News arrived to the school that the Irish Coast Guard helicopter would come to the school to deliver and present the award.
Pupils arrived at school as normal, unaware that the Iirsh Coast Guard helicopter was in the sky making its way to Castlelyons. Staff and pupils were told to wait at Father Ferris Field, and excitment began to build among the children as they noticed some members of the Coast Guard ground crew.
Soon, attention turned to the skies when pupils heard a helicopter, a flare was lit on the pitch, the pupils began to wave as the helicopter flew above them, not knowing it was making its way to the field! The helicopter circled the area, and landed in Father Ferris Field. The helicopter landed successfully and the pupils clapped and cheered.
When the area was declared safe, the flag was presented to Robert and Evelyn from Rang 6 by members of the Coast Guard crew and Caroline Casey.
Next, the pupils were invited to take a closer look at the Irish Coast Guard helicopter. The crew briefed pupils and staff on the features of the helicopter and what the procedure is when the crew are called to an emergency.
As well as the Irish Coast Guard, the Urban Search and Rescue K9 team came to meet the pupils. ‘Mambo’ the search and rescue dog proved to be very popular with the Junior Infants from Le Cheile.
Both staff and pupils of the school would like to say ‘Go Raibh Mile Maith Agaibh’ to Caroline Casey , the Irish Coast Guard, the Urban Search and Rescue K9 unit and to everyone involved in arranging this wonderful event.
Both staff and pupils are aware of the important work that the Coast Guard does and appreciate everyone for making the time to come to the school and present the flag in this one of a kind experience.