Story By: Lee Bullen, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Central European News
This is the moment Father Christmas goes overboard during a Christmas visit to see wide-eyed kids, and tumbles head-first from the dinghy onto the beach.
Video Credit: CEN/NSRI – @SeaRescue
Fortunately for the world’s youngsters, Santa was uninjured during the incident at Bakoven Beach in the south-western South African port city of Cape Town and Christmas is unlikely to be delayed.
Father Christmas met the expectant visitors with his customary greeting “ho, ho, ho!”, but came a cropper when he tried to disembark the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) vessel while unaided by his elves.
The NSRI uploaded the video to social media, where it has been seen by 60,000 people, alongside the message: “Oops…”
In the video, the dinghy is seen approaching the shore as Father Christmas waves at the crowd assembled on the beach to see him.
Carrying a big bag of goodies, Santa goes to step off the boat but slips and tumbles head first onto the sand.
Picture Credits: CEN /NSRI – @SeaRescue
Crowd members gasp and then laugh at the embarrassing mishap, however Father Christmas quickly gets to his feet and a little helper is seen straightening his hat.
In another angle filmed from the NSRI dinghy, Santa is seen flipping over onto the beach below before crew members break out laughing.
Fortunately, Father Christmas gets up unhurt and punches the air in defiance.