Fundraisers took the plunge for a good cause.

Lyme Splash took place on Sunday, raising vital funds for Dorset charities.

The 3.15km open swim, now in its third year, takes place around part of the Jurassic Coast.

Waved off by Lyme Regis mayor, Cllr Michaela Ellis, 200 swimmers dived into the water at Lyme Regis and headed for Charmouth, where they were met with a medal, hot chocolate, biscuits, water and a survival blanket to warm them up.

All swimmers were then taken back to Lyme Regis, thanks to the help of event sponsor Lyme Rib Rides.

The event is growing in popularity, with this year's swim selling out in less than a month despite the number of entrants being raised to 200.

Last year's event raised more than £1,000, and organisers hope to have topped that this year.

Funds raised will go to four charities; B Sharp, 2 Minute Beach Clean, Plastic Free Lyme Regis and WaterAid.

Chairman of Lyme Splash, Karen Durham-Diggins, said: "We were amazed at how quickly the swim sold out even though we increased the amount of swimmers to 200, it certainly seems Lyme Splash is firmly in the open water swimming community's diary."

As well as kind-hearted swimmers taking the plunge in aid of charity, businesses provided raffle prizes, with Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy providing a five-day woodworking course worth £625 as the first raffle prize.

River Cottage HQ, The Harbour Inn, Chococo, Herbie's Dino Bar, The Fisherman's Wife, Lyme Rib Rides, Lyme Regis Kayak Hire and The Marine Aquarium also donated.

This year's Lyme Splash was the first time the event partnered with a charity, having teamed up with disability charity Diverse Abilities to offer charity places.

Lauren McCullough, events manager at Diverse Abilities, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local supporters to push themselves out of their comfort zone and achieve something spectacular to raise funds for the children and adults living with disabilities in Dorset.”