Santa makes special delivery to RNLI Torbay

Lifeboats News Release

A laptop wrapped in tinsel and a special festive sleigh were in evidence today, Tuesday 22 December, for the launch of a new website designed by volunteers for RNLI Torbay.

RNLI/Shona Duncan

Father Christmas delivering a laptop displaying RNLI Torbay's new website to the lifeboat station in Brixham
Featuring the latest information on RNLI Torbay's shouts, volunteer crew, water safety and fundraising news, Father Christmas pushed the button to launch the new website and then took a laptop displaying it up to the lifeboat station in Brixham.

RNLI Torbay is one of the UK's busiest lifeboat stations and in a normal year attends over 100 shouts. So far in 2020, despite there being no shouts in April during the first COVID lockdown, RNLI Torbay's crew have been paged 93 times (as of 22 December).

RNLI Torbay depends on the efforts of over 50 volunteers, many of whom work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the station tick. The website was designed and will be maintained by Derek and Julie Hore who live in Marldon and are enthusiastic supporters of RNLI Torbay.

For more information about RNLI Torbay or to arrange an interview with Father Christmas, ring, text or WhatsApp Shona Duncan, RNLI Torbay Lifeboat Press Officer on 07778 002866 or contact her by email on [email protected]

To support the RNLI's Christmas Appeal, visit

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.