Over 100 divers jump into a lake dressed as Father Christmas to raise money for the RNLI

More than 100 divers dressed as Father Christmas braved the December chill to leap into a lake for charity.

The annual festive dive took place earlier today at the Vobster Quay Inland Diving Centre in Radstock, Somerset.

The world record-holding Santa Splash, which raises money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), once managed to get 161 divers into the water. Most who attended the charity dive went dressed in full red Father Christmas suits which they paired with elastic white beards and Santa hats.

In previous years, the event successfully raised more than £10,000 for the charity which, at the time, was put towards its life-jacket campaign.

It is thought that the temperature at the surface of the water is around 48F (9C) but at 20 metres deep, where the divers gather, it is cooler and nearer to 46F (8C). 

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