Brave swimmers take plunge in Gosport New Year’s Day swim

Gafirs NYD 2016
Gafirs NYD 2016
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HUNDREDS of people have braved chilly waters for an annual New Year’s Day dip.

Swimmers in colourful costumes raising cash for charity took part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service swim at Stokes Bay.

Gafirs NYD 2016 swim

Gafirs NYD 2016 swim

Crowds cheered them on at Gafirs’ station in Lifeboat Lane as more than 400 people went in the water at 12pm.

Among them was Phil Scott, 67, of Old Turn Pike, Fareham, who was raising cash for an Alzheimer’s support group.

His wife Carol, 67, has had the condition for seven years.

Surrounded by friends Phil took the plunge.

I went right under

Phil Scott

‘It was good, I went right under,’ he said.

‘We’ve got a good crowd here.

‘We’ve been planning on doing this for a year.

‘We’re ready for next year.’