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NY bathers splash into new year with frigid ocean swim

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of brave bathers rang in 2014 with a plunge into the icy ocean off Coney Island.

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

Some people hit the surf dressed only in bikinis or briefs. A group of guys wore bow ties and top hats and had a tea party, and others waved giant American flags. Temperatures outside were in the low 30s. People screamed at the shock of the cold water.

Polar Bear club president Dennis Thomas, whose club has hosted the annual Polar Bear Plunge since 1903, said it was a perfect day for a swim.

“It was a glorious beach day,” he said.


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