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Romans brave chilly Tiber for new year plunge

Marco Fois of Italy, dives in the Tiber river as part of traditional New Year celebrations on January 1, 2018 in Rome. (AFP)

Hardy thrill-seekers plunged into Italy’s Tiber river on Monday, continuing a decades-old New Year’s tradition.

Like every January 1 since 1946, several courageous divers braved the cold and rain to kick off 2018 by jumping from a bridge in central Rome into the famous river, which is barely above freezing.

“It’s my 30th jump,” said Maurizio Palmulli, a veteran diver, dressed in his swimsuit before the big jump.

The tattooed fifty-year-old said he wanted to “dedicate this year’s jump to all the families in difficulty, not only here in Rome but also in Italy and all over the world,” before taking the plunge from about twenty meters.

Simone Carabella, another diver, said: “The water is really freezing”.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 2 January 2018 KSA 03:21 - GMT 00:21
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