Around 100 people braved the freezing North Sea to take part in Stonehaven New Year’s Day Nippy Dip.
The annual event gained an 11th-hour reprieve after the local RNLI came to the rescue of the festive fundraiser.
People in various guises went into the water at the town’s harbour for the event’s ninth year and took the plunge to amass cash for the local RNLI station.
Some people feared it would be cancelled after the usual organiser, Clic Sargent, advised it would not be able to take charge due to operational problems. However, RNLI volunteers agreed to watch over the dippers after receiving the town’s distress signal from Muchalls resident Derek Malcolmson.
Mr Malcolmson decided something should be done to save the annual splash and started phoning around the various groups in the town.
He said: “It was all still hanging in the balance up until 2pm on Friday – we wanted to make sure that all the arrangements were in place.”
RNLI launch operations manager Drew Lawson is usually a spectator when his fellow Stonehaven residents run down the slip-way.
But in this instance, he was actively involved in the staging of the Dip.
He added: “I was more than happy to help. It is a great community event where you can catch up with everyone. I see folk here that I maybe haven’t seen all year.”
Stonehaven Community Council chairman Phil Mills-Bishop took charge of the safety checks.