Plymouth RNLI's all-weather lifeboat delivers Santa to Royal William Yard

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 3 December Santa arrived by sea, with the help of his friends at Plymouth RNLI, to waiting crowds.

John Baldry

Plymouth lifeboat delivers Santa

Severn Class lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover and her volunteer crew took Father Christmas from Millbay Marina on his annual visit. Crowds lined the walls of the harbour as they arrived, singing carols and cheering as the all-weather lifeboat reversed alongside the pontoon.

Once ashore Santa disappeared into the crowds. With brightly lit flying fairies and traditional market stalls, the atmosphere was very festive and the air was filled with the aroma of hot dogs and fresh coffee.

Everyone from Plymouth Lifeboat Station enjoys being involved with their community and were glad of the chance to take part. While this was a fun part of the day and was very enjoyable the inshore lifeboat was out on a shout rescuing a female casualty at the same time.

An RNLI Christmas Celebration is being held on Thursday 7 December at 6.30pm for 7pm at The Minister Church of St Andrew Royal Parade Plymouth. Please come along and join in our carol service and afterwards a glass of wine and a mince pie with the crew

Notes to editors

  • Plymouth RNLI lifeboat has been operating since 1862. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/plymouth

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John Baldry

Santa arrives to cheering crowds

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