Santas prepare to dive into icy waters

Posted: 12/08/2011 in all marine news

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The RNLI is challenging hundreds of Santas to take an icy plunge in Somerset to raise funds for the charity.

Hundreds of scuba divers dressed in the festive costume will be entering the water at the Vobster Quay dive site near Radstock on December 18 for the annual Santa dive.

The event hosted by the RNLI will begin the countdown to the annual SOS Day on January 27, 2012, which sees schools, workers and others across the country fundraising to support its work.

The 2010 event raised £5,000 for the lifeboat charity and January’s event is hoped to be a similar success. according to Frances Warren, the charity’s community fundraising manager.

She said: “Vobster Quay has built up a huge following of Santas all ready to get into their dive gear and brave the freezing water.

It’s a truly amazing sight to see a swarm of red outfits and a mass of fluffy white beards.”

This year’s dive is in aid of the RNLI’s lifejacket campaign, which is raising funds to provide the 35 lifeboat stations in the South West with new state-of-the-art lifejackets.

Ms Warren said the money raised will help to provide jackets worn on all-weather lifeboats, which cost £350, and a jacket worn by a crew member on an inshore lifeboat, costing £330.

She added: “Both are really achievable targets for both individuals and groups of fundraisers and we hope will inspire more scuba diving Santas to get involved.”

The diving Santas will get a fundraising boost from Vobster Quay which has pledged to donate an extra 50p for every £1 raised through sponsorship, up to a maximum of £1,500.

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