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Thousands of Belgians brave the cold to take a dip in the North Sea

7 January 2018

In Belgium, thousands of people braved the freezing weather to take a dip in the North Sea in Ostend's traditional New Year. Nearly 4,500 people in fancy dress ran down the beach in front of the city's neoclassical Royal Galleries. Some did little more than wet their ankles at the temperatures of six degrees Celsius. Others took advantage of the presence of many lifeguards to take a proper dive into the chilly waves.