Huffpost Canada ca

Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day Swim Raises Funds For Superstorm Sandy Relief

Posted: Updated:
A group of swimmers exit the water after taking the plunge in 30-degree temperatures during the 110th annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club ocean swim at Coney Island in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) | AP

NEW YORK -- Hundreds of hardy swimmers rang in 2013 with a plunge into the icy sea off Brooklyn's Coney Island, an area struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Members of the Ice Breakers and the Coney Island Polar Bear clubs and other brave bathers stripped down to their trunks or dressed in costumes for the annual New Year's Day splash.

Some people hit the surf dressed only in bikinis or briefs. One woman dressed as a mermaid. Another swimmer wore a hat with horns. Temperatures outside were in the 30s, and people screamed at the shock of the cold water.

This year, Polar Bear club members and others were raising money for Sandy relief efforts. The area was badly flooded by the late October storm.

The Ice Breakers try to raise awareness of water pollution.

Polar Bear Plunge Raises Funds For Sandy Relief
Share this
Current Slide

Photos: AP/Kathy Willens

Around the Web

Hundreds Jumping In Potomac River For Charity « CBS Baltimore

500 take icy plunge for charity - Lebanon Daily News

'Polar Bears' Take Plunge For Charity In Westport

Hundreds take polar-bear dip in icy river for charity