Daring swimmers take a Christmas Day dip in cold open water
ON Christmas day, when most people were wrapped-up warm eating Christmas dinner, these daredevils had other ideas by dipping into cold open-water.
The Annual Swim at Grimsby and Cleethorpes Yacht Club was a success as 11 brave swimmers took to the chilly 5ºC waters.
Taking part was Scott Ogden, pictured, who aimed to raise money for those who helped to search for him after he revealed to the Telegraph that he faked his own suicide in an attempt to provide for his son.
Scott, 27, from Holton-le-Clay, who raised £160, said: "It was fantastic and I really enjoyed it even though the water was absolutely freezing – it was very refreshing though!
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"It was a very unusual way of spending my Christmas day and all the swimmers were wonderful to spend time with.
"They were all very persuasive and convinced me to get in the water. I enjoyed it that much, I will be swimming at the yacht club on New Year's Eve at midnight – and I hope to continue open-water swimming.
"It is a new found hobby."
The money collected by Scott will be divided between Cleethorpes RNLI, the police helicopter search team, coastguard search team and three other services who searched for him during the three days he was missing.
He added: "I haven't raised that much money for each service, but hopefully it will help.
"I may be raising more money for them from the New Year's Eve swim."
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