MEMBERS of the Mallow Search and Rescue unit ended their year with a splash as they braved the cold waters of the River Blackwater for their annual Christmas Day swim.
While most of us were spending Christmas relaxing amid the trappings of the festive season, more than a dozen members of the unit were braving the elements in order to raise funds for the running of the unit over the coming 12months.
Once again the unit had a busy year, assisting the emergency services at a number of search and rescues missions across the country.
As the unit relies on fundraising and the generosity of the public to keep going it is important that's events such as the Christmas swim, which is the main annual fundraiser for the unit, are well supported.
As in previous years this was the case, with members of the public turning out to watch as the swimmers made their way from the Ten Arches Bridge to the Town Bridge.
Unit chairman John Woulfe said that conditions in the water were good and although the river was high, it presented no problems to the swimmers.
"While the water was cold, it was not as bad as in previous years, which made getting into it that little bit easier," he smiled.
John said that the unit was grateful for the support they received from the public on Christmas Day and indeed throughout 2012.
"The money that has been raised through this support will be spent on new vital lifesaving equipment, maintaining our existing equipment and the general running of the unit during 2013," said John.
"Without the wonderful support that we have received from the people of Mallow and the wider North Cork area over the years it would have been very difficult to keep the unit going," he added.