Hundreds of swimmers splashed into the waters off the Senegalese capital Dakar and swam several kilometres of open ocean to reach an island known as a symbol of the slave trade.
Swimmers wait on September 30, 2012, at the Voile d'Or (Golden Sail) Beach, in Dakar, for the start of the 25th Dakar - Goree open water swim event. Almost 500 people took part to the event. Goree isalnd is a historic site linked to the slave trade.
About 500 people participated in the 25th annual swim to Goree Island, including diplomats, amateurs and licensed competitors.
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