Looe RNLI volunteers accompany Santa into Looe
Yesterday afternoon, Saturday 7 December 2019, volunteers from Looe RNLI Lifeboat Station had a special “shout”. They were tasked to accompany Santa during his visit to the town
Several of our volunteer crew met Santa at the lifeboat station, and after making sure Santa, Mrs Christmas, their reindeers and penguins are all wearing lifejackets they board the charity’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Sheila and Dennis Tongue II for a short voyage up river to the ferry steps, where children, parents and grandparents of Looe were waiting excitingly to greet Santa.
Met at the steps by mayor Martin Gregory, Santa went on to meet the crowd before taking a sleigh ride through the town to his grotto by the harbour office.
Santa has asked our volunteer crew to remind everyone of an important safety message. When flying over water on the sleigh, Santa and the reindeers always wear lifejackets. Santa would encourage everyone who is out and about on the water over the festive season to be aware of their surroundings, have a means of calling for help and wear appropriate safety equipment.
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster