Taking the plunge

Gazette: Taking the plunge Taking the plunge

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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1:03pm Sat 28 Dec 13

rhetoric says...

Was any of this in aid of charity/ies? If so, let's be having the names of these worthy causes to give them a bit more publicity, please.
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What brave people to dash into a freezing cold sea on Boxing Day, laden with food and, in many cases, alcohol! Maybe that's what fortified them?
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This sort of activity grows into a "tradition" and is far more worthy, not to mention fun, than a lot of what passes for "seasonal cheer" these days.
Was any of this in aid of charity/ies? If so, let's be having the names of these worthy causes to give them a bit more publicity, please. . What brave people to dash into a freezing cold sea on Boxing Day, laden with food and, in many cases, alcohol! Maybe that's what fortified them? . This sort of activity grows into a "tradition" and is far more worthy, not to mention fun, than a lot of what passes for "seasonal cheer" these days. rhetoric

3:47pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

rhetoric wrote:
Was any of this in aid of charity/ies? If so, let's be having the names of these worthy causes to give them a bit more publicity, please.
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What brave people to dash into a freezing cold sea on Boxing Day, laden with food and, in many cases, alcohol! Maybe that's what fortified them?
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This sort of activity grows into a "tradition" and is far more worthy, not to mention fun, than a lot of what passes for "seasonal cheer" these days.
RNLI...It says so in the report!
[quote][p][bold]rhetoric[/bold] wrote: Was any of this in aid of charity/ies? If so, let's be having the names of these worthy causes to give them a bit more publicity, please. . What brave people to dash into a freezing cold sea on Boxing Day, laden with food and, in many cases, alcohol! Maybe that's what fortified them? . This sort of activity grows into a "tradition" and is far more worthy, not to mention fun, than a lot of what passes for "seasonal cheer" these days.[/p][/quote]RNLI...It says so in the report! Say It As It Is OK?

6:26pm Sat 28 Dec 13

greenbroker says...

Icy seas? Did they have to break any ice beforehand? They could have took a cold shower instead, (not communal).
Icy seas? Did they have to break any ice beforehand? They could have took a cold shower instead, (not communal). greenbroker

2:08am Sun 29 Dec 13

rhetoric says...

It doesn't say the RNLI was the benefiting charity, just that one of their representatives took part.
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If you're claiming to say it as it is, be sure you do just that.
It doesn't say the RNLI was the benefiting charity, just that one of their representatives took part. . If you're claiming to say it as it is, be sure you do just that. rhetoric

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