PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Now here’s a bit of irony– it is so cold that even the “polar bears” can’t swim.

A suburban New York town is changing its plans for a weekend “polar bear” fundraiser.

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Officials say Saturday’s polar bear plunge won’t be possible because Hempstead Harbor is frozen over after weeks of arctic-like temperatures.

A statement from the town of North Hempstead on Long Island says that rather than plunging into the harbor, participants will instead take part in the “ultimate polar spray!”

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Participants will gather at a beach and the local volunteer fire department will spray fire hoses all over them.

The town says the fundraiser is intended to promote Special Olympics New York’s programs and athletes.

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