Poles make record-breaking splash
PR dla Zagranicy
Over 1300 swimmers from across Poland bounded into the Baltic Sea on Sunday, breaking the Guinness world record for the largest collective winter swim.
Photo: Polish Radio (M. Wolanski/Radio Szczecin)
The skin-shrivelling feat was pulled off in the seaside resort town of Kolobrzeg, where the second edition of a winter swimming festival was held.
Members of some 80 clubs from across Poland took part in the festival, which ended on Monday.
The oldest participant to join those taking a dip in the chilly waters was eighty, and the youngest was just four.
Compared with previous years, temperatures on the Baltic coast were mercifully mild. On Sunday, the water was at a bracing 3 degrees centigrade.
The previous Guinness world record for the largest collective winter swim was 1054. Participants said they aim to beat their own record next year. (nh)