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Boxing Day swimmers brave cold

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Boxing Day swimmers take sea dip

A group of swimmers braved the cool temperatures of the Bristol Channel to raise money for a sea rescue charity.

About 30 supporters of the Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) dashed into the sea at Brean in Somerset at 1300 GMT dressed as fairies.

The event is part of a fundraising campaign towards the £60,000 needed to buy a new hovercraft.

BARB is a 16-year-old independent charity which operates two hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat.

Mark Newman, from BARB, said: "It's been another busy year for BARB.

"We conduct over 20 rescues a year along the Somerset coastline and the hovercraft plays a vital role in keeping the mudflats safe."



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