PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Forget about the polar plunge, one Long Island town had to think around the ice after Hempstead Harbor froze over this winter, putting a damper on a planned fundraiser.
The water off Port Washington is hiding under 20 inches of ice, making the annual polar bear plunge impossible — even for so-called polar bears.READ MORE: Connecticut Becomes 19th State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Instead, as WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the organizers of Saturday’s event got a little help from the fire department and their trucks to make it all happen.
Hundreds of people in their bathing suits stood in 28-degree weather, getting soaking wet in what became the polar spray to benefit the Special Olympics.READ MORE: NYPD: Man Seen On Video Mowing Down Brooklyn School Bus Driver Camella Gainer Now Under Arrest
“cold! Extremely cold,” said one participant.
“(Was it worth it?) It was totally worth it,” said another.
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