A PENGUIN and Father Christmas were rescued from a 9ft inflatable dinghy as they struggled to make headway in a charity row.
Two men in their early twenties, both in fancy dress, had set out from Marazion, heading for Newlyn, on Saturday lunchtime on a charity row.
After the coastguard received reports that the dinghy was adrift off Long Rock, the Penlee inshore lifeboat went alongside and took the pair on board before returning to Newlyn.
Patch Harvey, the Penlee coxswain, said: "When I first took the call and was told about Father Christmas and a penguin being on board, we all burst out laughing, but they were really being rather silly.
"The boat was one of those small inflatables you can buy from any shop, they had no life jackets or safety equipment and hadn't informed the coastguard of what they were planning to do.
"They were freezing cold when they arrived back in Newlyn and I told them to take the right precautions on any future occasion as I drove them home to an address in Paul," Mr Harvey said.
A spokeswoman for Falmouth coastguard said: "We received reports that these two gentlemen had set to sea in a dingy and appeared to have run into difficulty.
"They said they were taking part in a charity row for Help For Heroes, but clearly they were not dressed for the occasion.
"We can't say what they were doing; we're usually advised when charity rows happen but this time there was no official notification."