Borders pupils learn seaside safety lessons

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MORE than 400 pupils from across the Borders have been learning how to keep safe at the beach.

Students from Greenlaw, Howdenburn, St Boswells and Walkerburn primary schools met Martin Galloway, a RNLI youth education volunteer, who discussed the dangers of the sea.

Mr Galloway said: “There is a lot of children that don’t know what the RNLI is and there is also a high number of kids that come to the seaside every year, not knowing the dangers.”

Walkerburn pupils also visited a beach near North Berwick and tried on the RNLI’s lifesaving equipment.

Laura Duncan of Walkerburn Primary School said: “The beach safety talk was very informative and interesting, the kids also had a great day and were able to play safely. The pupils loved to try on the kit that the crew wear.”

Mr Galloway told the children: “If you are on the beach this summer remember the SAFE message.

“S is for Spot the dangers, A is for Always go with an adult and a friend, F is for Find and read the safety signs and E is for in an Emergency stick up your hand and shout for help.”