Christmas dip raises more than £1,600 for the RNLI

PUBLISHED: 09:30 29 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:30 29 December 2014

A bevy of bathing belles - Tom and Rebecca Landon, Claire Healey and Kelvin Biles r prepare for the plunge. Photo by Richard Horobin

A bevy of bathing belles - Tom and Rebecca Landon, Claire Healey and Kelvin Biles r prepare for the plunge. Photo by Richard Horobin

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Dozens of hardy swimmers brave the icy waters off Charmouth

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew, who kept a safety eye out for the swimmers. Photo by Richard HoroibinLyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew, who kept a safety eye out for the swimmers. Photo by Richard Horoibin

Dozens of hardy swimmers turned out in a variety of colourful fancy dress costumes to brave the icy seas off Charmouth on Christmas Day.

The annual splash for cash is expected to have raised more than £1,600 for the RNLI.

The swimmers raced down the beach, cheered on by hundreds of spectators who turned out to help support the popular annual fundraising event, one of the highlights of the local calendar.

Volunteer lifeboat crew members from Lyme Regis were on duty again to make sure no one came to grief in the chilly waters.

The village’s annual dip is organised by the Lyme Regis and Charmouth RNLI Guild in aid of the life-saving charity and is sponsored by the Royal Oak public house, in Charmouth.

Guild chairman Irene Roper priased the “courageous swimmers and spectators”.


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