Marine / Lifeboat crew maps out Christmas tree outline

The tree outline on tracking website Marine Traffic.

A LIFEBOAT crew in Shetland has been getting into the festive spirit by mapping out an outline of a Christmas tree while on a navigation exercise at sea.

The Lerwick Lifeboat team carried out the festive task on Thursday evening east of the mainland.

The crew usually map out the tree outline every Christmas, and the results can be seen on vessel tracking websites.

They were also snapped wearing Santa and elf hats outside the Lerwick station.

Coxswain Stephen Manson said: “Who doesn’t love a big Christmas tree?

“As the charity who saves lives at sea, we rely on fundraising and donations to meet our costs.

From left to right: coxswain Stephen Manson and crew members Gavin McIntosh, Craig Webb, Peter Kerr, Maggie Adamson, Alex Gibb. Photo: RNLI Lerwick

“It’s not only a useful navigation exercise for our crew, but our way of saying thank you to everyone who has supported the RNLI over the last 12 months.”

It is not the only festive task the Lerwick Lifeboat undertakes every year.

They also help to transport Santa to the town’s Victoria Pier for the annual Christmas parade.

The RNLI – which relies on fundraising – is running a Christmas donations appeal inviting people to support the charity this winter.

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