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A few dozen hardy swimmers have taken the plunge at Geneva's main outdoor pool for their first swim of the year.

This content was published on January 1, 2008 - 17:45

The temperature of the water at the city's Bains des Pâquis on New Year's Day was officially four degrees Celsius.

The brave swimmers were rewarded afterwards with a glass of champagne.

Taking the plunge in extreme conditions is a tradition in Geneva. A few weeks ago, around 700 swimmers dived into the Rhone River for the 70th annual Christmas Cup, a 125-metre race against the clock and freezing temperatures.

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