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Students learn about port careers at crisis scenario
9:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Harwich and Manningtree News
FIRE crews, police officers and the coastguard were called to an emergency at a seaport... but luckily it was just for a training exercise for eager students.
Pupils from eight schools across Colchester and Tendring attended the event at Harwich International Port on Tuesday where they brainstormed and acted out how they would cope if several vessels were damaged.
This is the ninth edition of the Haven Seaport Exercise for youngsters to learn about port-related careers and organiser Hilary Sellens believes it has been the most successful yet.
“I am absolutely delighted with the support we have had from the services and the students have been wonderful.
“I think they really appreciate learning real skills outside of the classroom and you cannot get more real than this."