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Rome: new year Tiber plunge!

Rome: new year Tiber plunge!
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A new year tradition has been upheld, as several people dived into the Tiber river from Rome’s Cavour bridge.

Among those taking the plunge was 62-year-old Maurizio Palmulli, who performed his 26th annual dive before a big turn-out of spectators.

He said: “I want to dedicate this dive to the Roman people, mothers and fathers who have children without jobs. I do not want to talk about politics, but I want to wish everyone a happy new year.”

The event itself has been happening since 1946. It was started by an unemployed lifeguard who was trying to find work as a stunt man. He leapt into the waters from the bridge to advertise his skills

Every year experts warn about the dangers of the 18-metre drop.