Fundraisers take to the sea in charity dip

Echo: Runners make the dash for the water Runners make the dash for the water

FUNDRAISERS took to the ice-cold Thames Estuary to raise cash for Havens Hospices.

About 35 swimmers braved the freezing temperatures to take part in the annual ‘Dare to Dip’ on Ocean Beach, in Southend, with a pirate and a penguin among the fancy dress costumes.

It is thought the event, held on Sunday, will raise almost £7,000 for the charity.

Swimmer David Liney, 39, said: “It was freezing and the water was a bit choppy so we all ran in as fast as we could. It was all worth it - especially when we got inside and had a fry-up!”

Organiser Jason Curtis said: “It was a great family event and well done to everyone.

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10:42am Wed 15 Jan 14

echoforum says...

Blimey!
Hardly challenging.
They're only having a dip...in relative warm waters during a mild winter.
Blimey! Hardly challenging. They're only having a dip...in relative warm waters during a mild winter. echoforum
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12:39pm Wed 15 Jan 14

angthepang says...

Water temperature is very different from air temperature. Anything below 16c is very uncomfortable.
I believe the sea temperature is about 10c now and at that temperature, you would be unconscious within 1 hour.

So well done everyone.
Water temperature is very different from air temperature. Anything below 16c is very uncomfortable. I believe the sea temperature is about 10c now and at that temperature, you would be unconscious within 1 hour. So well done everyone. angthepang
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