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Taking the plunge
12:00pm Saturday 28th December 2013 in News
ISLANDERS braved icy seas to dash into the waves for Mersea’s Boxing Day dip.
Almost 100 fearless swimmers, many of them in fancy dress, upheld the teeth-chattering tradition in aid of the island’s lifeboat station.
A 2,000-strong crowd watched the spectacle from the beach, by Coast Road.
The RNLI’s Rick Boreham was among the swimmers. He said: “I was in for about 20 seconds – just long enough to get my shoulders wet – but some stay in for as long as five minutes.”
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