Santa visits Largs RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday (December 17) UK Coastguard requested Largs RNLI’s assistance with a secret mission as a very special visitor from the North Pole paid a to visit Largs lifeboat station.

Group photo with Santa in front of Largs Lifeboat

RNLI/Claire McRae

Group photo with Santa in front of Largs Lifeboat

Santa cleared his schedule on Saturday morning to allow for a flying visit to the RNLI lifeboat station in Largs to say a thank you to the children of the volunteer crew based there.

RNLI volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, and regularly have to have to leave their families during the middle of the night, dinner time, birthdays, and even potentially on Christmas Day. The crew’s children are always very supportive seeing their parents rush off to help someone in trouble along the coast or at sea.

Each year RNLI volunteers are prepared to leave their loved ones to save others at Christmas, including those at Largs RNLI. Last Christmas (December 24 2021 – January 1 2022), RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland saved the lives of eight people, the highest number recorded in five years, and aided an additional 88 people during this time.

While at Largs lifeboat station Mr Claus presented selection boxes, which were kindly donated by the Community Champions at Morrisons in Largs, to the children of the volunteer crew, assuring the children and the crew they are all currently on the ‘Good List’ this year.

Claire McRae Lifeboat Press Officer at Largs RNLI said: ‘The crew at Largs would like to pass on their thanks to Santa for taking the time to visit the station during what is without doubt his busiest time of year.

‘The children of the crew here at Largs are incredibly understanding of having their parents rush out of the door to help other people, and hopefully having Santa visit the station will go a little towards thanking them for their support throughout the year.

‘Thanks also go to the Community Champions at Morrisons in Largs for their very kind donation of selection boxes for the children, it is very much appreciated by us all.

‘We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our volunteers, fundraisers, supporters, partner agencies and members of the public a very safe and happy Christmas.’

Santa and his Elf at Largs lifeboat station

RNLI/Claire McRae

Santa and his Elf at Largs lifeboat station
Santa and his Elf with Press Officer Claire McRae

RNLI/Claire McRae

Santa and his Elf with Press Officer Claire McRae
Santa and his Elf with Lifeboat Operations Manager John Griffiths

RNLI/Claire McRae

Santa and his Elf with Lifeboat Operations Manager John Griffiths
Santa and his Elf

RNLI/Claire McRae

Santa and his Elf

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