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Thousands brave the chilly sea for New Year's Day swim

Tuesday 01 January 2013


Thousands of people took part in a January 1 swim in the sea or in lakes and rivers, Nos television reported.

Some 10,000 people took a dip in the sea at Scheveningen, traditionally the biggest of the New Year's Day swims. The sea temperature was 7 Celsius, one degree colder than last year, but felt chillier because of the wind.

Dozens of other swims were held at other seaside and inland water resorts. In total, some 37,000 people took the plunge, Nos said.

River swims were cancelled in some places because of the high water levels, which made it too dangerous.

Did you go for a dip? Share your experiences using the comment form below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Cool experience !!! Will do it again ! Crazyyyyy!

By romaniac | 1 January 2013 3:03 PM

It was awesome! I went to Zandvoort for the dive. Next year I'm going to do the same.

By Pawel | 1 January 2013 6:37 PM

That water was cold but fun. We took the plunge at Schrinkensacken and I now know how it got the name.

By Squirrel | 2 January 2013 1:31 AM

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