TALLINN – Over 500 swimmers swam within the near-freezing waters of Tallinn port in Estonia on Friday, collaborating in an enormous winter swimming relay in a rustic the place the game has been a preferred approach to counter the tedium of coronavirus restrictions.
The 505 individuals every swam the course of 25 metres (27 yards) marked out in a former submarine dockyard, taking 4 hours and 50 minutes to take action.
The swimmers, many attired with humorous hats, ranged from a 9-year previous boy to an 83-year previous girl, and included a pregnant girl who joked her effort ought to be counted for 2.
“It’s really a sensible factor to do at this second”, Roy Vissers, one of many swimmers, mentioned after rising from the 4 Celsius (39.2 Fahrenheit) waters into the below-freezing air.
He believed the game offered good safety towards COVID-19.
“Whenever you’re doing this, your physique produces further white blood cells. So, if a virus is available in, there are extra white blood cells to assault it and kill it,” he advised Reuters.
Dozens of spectators cheered alongside the course, many from scorching tubs and cell saunas arrange alongside the facet.
Aivar Tugedam, a winter swimming fanatic who organized the occasion, mentioned he had seen the game develop in reputation since Estonia first went right into a coronavirus lockdown in spring.
“Let’s say from spring till now, I’d say the rely of the winter swimmers have tripled in Estonia. It’s gone wild and actually standard”, he mentioned.