Pembrey Walrus Dip: Hundreds take icy plunge for charity

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media captionHundreds of people in fancy dress plunged into the chilly waters off Pembrey on Boxing Day.

Hundreds of people in fancy dress plunged into the chilly waters off Carmarthenshire on Boxing Day.

The 33rd annual Pembrey Country Park Walrus Dip attracted swimmers in costumes varying from Santa to sumo wrestlers to Cefn Sidan Beach.

Since its inception in 1984, only two dips have been cancelled - one due to an oil spill, and another when the sea froze over.

Bathers raised money for various charities and good causes.

image captionThat looks cold: Santa goes for a dip
image captionNot too cold for a snowman
image captionThe annual event has only ever been cancelled twice - once due to an oil spill, and the other due to frozen sea water
image captionThe RNLI estimates that about 1,000 took the plunge
image captionParticipants young and old raised money for a variety of charities and good causes

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