A group of Russian divers decided to be the first in their country to celebrate the coming of 2015 – by swimming in circles around a New Year tree and drinking champagne at the bottom of an almost-frozen bay.
“The feeling is amazing, visibility is good, water temperature is about -1C. I think that in a day or so the bay will freeze over completely,” one of the divers told a local News agency.
The divers entered the almost frozen Shchitovaya Bay in the Ussuriysky Gulf by breaking through mushy ice. They then proceeded to begin their New Year celebrations by placing a decorated fir tree at the bottom of the bay.
Once the tree was settled they opened a bottle of champagne and shared a drink together. Then they all joined hands and circled around the tree.
The divers hail from Russia’s far eastern city of Vladivostok, which was one of the first regions to celebrate the New Year in a country that has 11 timezones.
Here’s a video of them enjoying themselves:
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