Watch: Swimmers plunge into the North Sea on annual New Year's Day event

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Participants of the annual winter swimming jump into the Lake Lugano on St Stephen's Day in Paradiso, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.
Participants of the annual winter swimming jump into the Lake Lugano on St Stephen's Day in Paradiso, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.   -  Copyright  (Pablo Gianinazzi/Keystone via AP)

Thousands of Dutch revellers braved the ice-cold water and take a New Year's Day plunge in the North Sea in Scheveningen, near The Hague.

The annual New Year's Day swim is a tradition across Europe, as it is on Christmas Day. In London, swimmers took a dip in the Serpentine, in Hyde Park, and in Italy in the River Tiber.