Monday 26 September 2016

Ho, ho, ho! Santa dusts himself off after fall from his sleigh to visit kids

Ciara Treacy

Published 23/12/2015 | 02:30

Members of the Irish Coast Guard rescue Santa after he fell out of his sleigh onto Dollymount Strand. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Members of the Irish Coast Guard rescue Santa after he fell out of his sleigh onto Dollymount Strand. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Santa delivers presents to a delighted Abbie Spain (10) from Finglas at Temple Street Hospital. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Santa with seven-week-old Kai Kelly Knowles and his father James Knowles. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The Irish Coast Guard carried out an extra special rescue mission after Santa Claus became stranded when he fell out of his sleigh.

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Crews responded to the unusual Mayday call at Dollymount Strand in Dublin yesterday morning.

Fortunately, the man in red was uninjured and insisted on paying a visit to brighten up the wards of Temple Street Children's Hospital.

For seven-week-old Kai Kelly-Knowles from Rush, Co Dublin, it was his very first visit from Santa.

"Kai has been looking around at him passing by and he's well aware. I think he's dazzled by the red," said his mother Nadine.

"We're not sure if Kai will be home for Christmas, we are just waiting to hear back what is wrong with him."

It was a second day of excitement for the hospital's young patients who enjoyed a visit from Kodaline on Monday. Meeting Santa and getting a special present from him certainly lifted the spirits of Abbie Spain (10), her mother Kelly said.

"I think the visit from Santa really gave her a boost. Once she heard he was coming she sat up and everything," said Kelly, from Finglas. "She was taken out of isolation on Monday so we are hoping she can be home for Christmas."

It is the seventh year that the Irish Coast Guard has helped Santa deliver the parcels.

Irish Independent

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