Siberians go swimming in ice-cold river

Donned Santa hats, members of a local winter swimming club gather at the shore of the Irtysh river every week from December till May until the ice melts.

Those who swim in the cold water believe it boosts their immunity and fortifies their body against any diseases.

Cheering swimmers were seen trembling after getting out of icy-cold water, but with the smiles on their faces, they congratulated each other with the New Year and wished everyone good health.

Up to 100 people attend swimming sessions which are held six days per week.Founded in 1966, the club is chaired by 82-year-old Evgeniy Zhetnov.