The Night When Santa Suffered a Splash Down

Lifeboats News Release

At Cowes Lifeboat Station - gone was any light-hearted banter Something quite terrible had befallen Santa While seeking to bring children some Christmas glee His sleigh and trustee reindeer had crashed into the sea

The station’s personnel were urgently tasked to help out

And Anne Simkin took the helm for this extraordinary shout

Within minutes the Atlantic 85 was cutting through the dark

Once more the crews’ know-how was well up to the mark

‘There it is!’ eventually shouted an excited Chris Adams

Santa and the presents - close to sinking down fathoms

First the bearded old man was hauled onto the lifeboat

Then there were the hapless reindeer, still just barely afloat

Finally, the sleigh and its many gifts were taken in tow

Back to the land the rescuers and rescued did steadily go

In good time Santa and his reindeer were fully restored

A return to Christmas duties could no longer be ignored

But it was thanks to the RNLI that Santa was now on his way

Their veritable Cowes station had clearly saved the day!

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