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New Year swimmers brave chilly waters for charity dip

Crowds gathered at Carnlough Harbour to watch, or brave the waters. Credit: Pacemaker

Braving the water whatever the weather has long been a New Year tradition for some people across Northern Ireland – and all for a good cause.

Once again, hardy swimmers started the year with a bang as they plunged into the sea at locations including Crawfordsburn Beach in Co Down and Carnlough Harbour in Co Antrim.

Leading the charge at Crawfordsburn Beach. Credit: Presseye

Some even turned out in fancy dress for the occasion – although it probably did little to keep them any warmer.

Braving the waters at Carnlough in Co Antrim. Credit: Pacemaker
Bringing a Baywatch vibe to Crawfordsburn. Credit: Presseye
The festive dips are long-running traditions. Credit: Pacemaker
Newcomers to the event joined those who have made it a regular fixture on the calendar. Credit: Pacemaker

There may have been no snow over the Christmas holidays, but the water was definitely likely to feel freezing cold on Tuesday morning.

A festive dip makes for a bracing start to the New Year. Credit: Presseye

Participants at Crawfordsburn were raising money and awareness for Cancer Focus NI.

Meanwhile, Carnlough swimmers were lending their support to the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

At least it's all for a good cause. Credit: Pacemaker