Day out for young students

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School pupils who excelled at an engineering competition held by Banff and Buchan College and Schlumberger recently were rewarded for their success with a days training on the college’s fast rescue craft at Peterhead harbour.

Top pupils Peter Smith from Meldrum, Kieran Yule from Mintlaw and Yasmin Coghill and Jack Craig from Ellon were taken out on the day’s training as a bonus to the prizes they had already won – an ipad for Peter, an ipod touch for Kieran and ipod shuffles for Yasmin and Jack.

The pupils were first taken out in the College fast rescue craft and got to experience evacuating into the liferaft. They then went out in a small day boat and got ‘rescued’ by the lifeboat.

John Buchan, curriculum leader for Nautical at the College said “The pupils seem to have had a great day out at Peterhead harbour on the fast rescue craft. We are very grateful to the Coastguard for taking the lifeboat out today which has just added to the whole experience.”

Angela Allosau from Schlumberger added “It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic engineering students take part in the competition, thanks to the college for organising and to the rescue team for their time. I am very fortunate to have been a part of this and enjoyed the experience.”