SWIMMERS took the plunge this weekend to earn money for a lifesaving cause.
A group of 24 fundraisers took part in a sponsored swim down the Tyne in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
The three-and-a-half-hour swim covered 10 miles, which is the aquatic version of a marathon, starting at Newcastle City Marina at 11am and finishing at South Shields Sailing Club.
The group, all experienced swimmers, raised about £2,500 for the RNLI with their latest effort on Saturday, having already generated thousands more through previous ventures.
Tony Greener, event organiser, said: ‘The swim was pretty tough and the water was quite chilly and choppy.
“However, our wetsuits kept us well insulated and the fact that we were swimming for such a great cause certainly spurred us on.
“A lot of the swimmers regularly train in the sea, and it gives us extra piece of mind to know that the RNLI is there, if we should ever get into difficulty.”