Italians Dive into Tiber River in New Year Tradition.

As the Roman tradition demands every first of the year, four Italian divers jumped into Rome's Tiber River to welcome New Year's Day on Friday.

The four divers leapt off Cavour Bridge, at a height of almost 15 meters above the water, jumping into a cold and turgid river.

A team of firefighters stood by on a boat in the river to pull them out and get them covered after the plunges.

The event is a New Year tradition dating back to 1946, when an unemployed lifeguard who was trying to find work as a stunt man leapt into the waters from Cavour Bridge to advertise his skills.

(AP)

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