Making a splash at the Broch Boxing Day Dip

SWIMMERS BRAVE THE FREEZING COLD WATER AT FRASERBURGH HARBOUR FOR THE BOXING DAY SWIM.(CHRISTIE/BROWN)
SWIMMERS BRAVE THE FREEZING COLD WATER AT FRASERBURGH HARBOUR FOR THE BOXING DAY SWIM.(CHRISTIE/BROWN)

Twenty four brave brochers took the plunge for the annual Boxing day dip at Fraserburgh harbour in order to raise funds for the RNLI SOS appeal.

Crew men from the Fraserburgh Lifeboat were joined by locals in the swim across one of the basins, while hundreds of spectators braved the elements and lined the pier to cheer the swimmers on.

The swim from the lifeboat jetty to the lifeboat berth, a distance of fifty two metres was a challenge in the freezing temperatures the area has been experiencing.

The snow and ice-laden pier had been cleared and gritted earlier in the day by members of the crew to make it safe for spectators and while the crowds watching and cheering were wrapped up in hats, scarves and gloves some of the swimmers took to the water in shorts!

Coxswain Victor Sutherland said: “I am over the moon with the swim. We had 24 swimmers and all did a great job. It was definitely the coldest swim yet. With the temperature just above 1 degree the swim was quite a challenge but nobody was put off and entered the water with’out a second thought.”

Commenting about the success of this years swim, Victor said: “I want to thank everyone involved - the swimmers for taking part, our crew who spent Sunday morning clearing snow and ice and scattering grit to make it safe for the spectators and to all the locals who came to cheer us on.

“It was great to have so much support, I cannot thank all those who came down to watch enough. Without their support and cheering it would not have been the success it has been. Thank you all.”

It is hoped that all the sponsorship money will be collected by the end of the first week in January and a total will be announced at that time. As for next year, Victor added: “Some of the swimmers have already said they will be taking part again in 2011.”

The brave swimmers who took part on Sunday’s event were: Victor Sutherland, Alan Copland, Stephen Watt, David Sim, Charles Cumming, Shona Murray, Iain Milne, Steven Copland, Russel Farquar, Gavin Noble, Jeff Stewart, David Sutherland, Lorne Noble, Stuart Sutherland, Scott Sutherland, Martin Sim, Allan Masson, Rhyce Duncan, James Duncan, James Reid, Aaron Alexander, Glenn Bannerman, Calum Stanger and Billy Innes.