Two lifeboat crews from Dundee were called into action today after a group of five people were reported to have become stranded in the North Sea.
The emergency crews were mobilised after reports of the group getting into difficulty just off the coast of St Andrews.
The group of students had gone into the sea to take part in the annual St Andrews May Dip.
Plunging into the sea for the May Day Dip is believed to bring good luck in upcoming exams.
The event has become a popular tradition among people attending the town’s university, with dozens braving the conditions to splash in the sea and hundreds more watching on.
It is said to promote good luck in the exams students are normally taking part in around this time.
None of the people involved was hurt and they managed to make their way back to safety unaided, shortly before the lifeboats arrived. A spokesman for Broughty Ferry lifeboat crew said volunteers received the call out at 5.45am.
He said: “There were concerns for five students who were taking part in the May Dip at the East Sands.
“Both lifeboats were launched but by the time they got there the students had got themselves out of the water.
“We were not required so turned around and were back at the lifeboat station before 7am.”
A spokeswoman for HM Coastguard confirmed the students had escaped injury in the incident.
She said: “The lifeboats were launched after concerns were reported for five
“They were checked over and none required hospital treatment.”
Similar events were held around the country despite plunging temperatures overnight.
According to Met Office statistics, the mercury dipped to just 1C — with the water said to be at least four times as cold.
Most locals woke up to a frost, though conditions were at least sunny for those brave enough to enter the sea.
Temperatures have been struggling to hit the mid teens of late, despite a spell of sunshine across Tayside and Fife.
And forecasters say it’s unlikely to change in the coming days, with highs of 12C predicted until Thursday.
However, it will get warmer overnight with predicted temperatures of 9-10C on Thursday and Friday mornings.