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In Pictures: New Year's Day Swim

A swimmer in the sea at Whitley Bay

Swimmers around the world have been braving freezing temperatures to take a dip on New Year's Day. This brave soul took to the waves in Whitley Bay, north east England.

Women in bikinis in the Firth of Forth

These women took part in Scotland's Loony Dook event and had clearly put some thought into their costumes for the world-famous event.

A swimmer at Malo-les-Bains near Dunkirk, France

Swimmers took to the sea at Malo-les-Bains near Dunkirk, France - some of them sporting elaborate costumes.

Two men in the water with an umbrella

Ice-swimming club the Berlin Seals took its traditional new year dip in sub-zero temperatures in a lake in Germany.

Swimmers in the sea

Bathers emerge from the sea at Wicklow Harbour, Republic of Ireland, after taking part in a New Year's day charity swim organised by the Blue Dolphins and Wicklow Swimming Club.

A man diving off a bridge

A man leaps into Italy's Tiber river from Rome's Cavour bridge during the New Year's Day traditional dives.

A man in the sea carrying a Christmas tree

This swimmer plunged into the North Sea in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, and held aloft the belated symbol of a Christmas tree.

Three men in the sea

People went for a swim under blue skies to celebrate the New Year in the Concha beach of San Sebastian, Spain.

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