NORTH BEACH, Md. — Despite bitter cold, some people in our area welcomed the new year by peeling off most of their clothes and dunking themselves in the Chesapeake Bay.
The annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge in this Southern Maryland town drew brave and crazy plungers, as well as a crowd of bundled-up spectators.
Before the big event, there was ice on the beach where the water met the sand, and town leaders announced that the water temperature was a frigid 23 degrees. The air temperature was also in the 20s.
But after a 15-second countdown, dozens of people — most of them in swimsuits — ran into the water. Some took a few steps in and got right out, while others dove under the water and got completely wet.