Looe RNLI volunteers accompany Santa into Looe

Lifeboats News Release

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

Santa and his helpers with Looe RNLI volunteer crew, Alastair Pearn, Dan Margetts and Toby Bray at Looe Lifeboat Station

RNLI/Ian Foster

Santa and his helpers with Looe RNLI volunteer crew, Alastair Pearn, Dan Margetts and Toby Bray at Looe Lifeboat Station

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.

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Notes to editors

Photos:

· Santa and his helpers with Looe RNLI volunteer crew, Alastair Pearn, Dan Margetts and Toby Bray at Looe Lifeboat Station
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Santa and his helpers arriving at the ferry steps, East Looe Quay with Looe RNLI volunteer crew, Toby Bray, Alastair Pearn, Dan Margetts and Gareth Shaw
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

· Santa arriving at the ferry steps, East Looe Quay
Photo credit RNLI / Ian Foster

Information

· Re-established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1992, Looe RNLI operate two inshore lifeboats
An Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and a D Class Ollie Naismith

· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk

· Looe RNLI Facebook page www.facebook.com/LooeRNLI

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Ian Foster, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Looe Lifeboat Station, on 07902 753228 or looelpo@ianfoster.com or ian_foster@rnli.org.uk

or Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Media Manager, on 07920 818807 or amy_caldwell@rnli.org.uk

or Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or emma.haines@rnli.org.uk

Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789
Santa and his helpers arriving at the ferry steps, East Looe Quay with Looe RNLI volunteer crew, Toby Bray, Alastair Pearn, Dan Margetts and Gareth Shaw

RNLI/Ian Foster

Santa and his helpers arriving at the ferry steps, East Looe Quay with Looe RNLI volunteer crew, Toby Bray, Alastair Pearn, Dan Margetts and Gareth Shaw
Santa arriving at the ferry steps, East Looe Quay

RNLI/Ian Foster

Santa arriving at the ferry steps, East Looe Quay

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