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A dog takes a dip on Feb. 6 in the icy water off the frozen shore of the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany.

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A dog takes a dip on Feb. 6 in the icy waters off the shore of the frozen River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany.

Due to the extreme cold snap in Europe, rivers have frozen over and hampered boat traffic. The Elbe ferry has been shut down, and at least three ships have run into trouble, getting stuck in the ice of the Danube River.