Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip 2016
Hundreds of competitors braved the chilly North Sea to enjoy the annual Newbiggin Boxing Day Dip.
The event was organised by Newbiggin lifeboat station and it is expected to raise over £680 in donations for the RNLI realised through generous support via sponsorship and donations along with refreshments that were served during the morning in the lifeboat station. In addition many other charities were represented at the event and they will benefit from considerable support also.
Almost 400 dippers took part at around 11.00am as they sprinted into the chilly sea watched by spectators on the beach and promenade. After a few minutes in the sea the dippers all eventually retreated and reflected on their successes.
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or email@example.com or Alison Levett RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789
If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.