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Crowds Take a Plunge to Welcome the New Year

Ocean City's annual First Plunge draws hundreds of participants.

More than 500 fearless souls capped off Ocean City's New Year's Day celebration and started the year 2013 with an icy plunge into the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday afternoon.

Ocean City's annual "First Plunge" polar-bear swim has grown in popularity over the years, and Tuesday's overcast skies did nothing to diminish the crowds eager to take the year's first ocean swim on the beach at Ninth Street near the Ocean City Music Pier.

The official meteorological readings at plunge time: 41 degrees in the air and 44 degrees in the ocean (according to the National Weather Service and the NOAA marine station at Steel Pier in Atlantic City).

The First Plunge ended a New Year's lineup that started at 4 p.m. Monday (Dec. 31) with the opening of Ocean City's First Night celebration.

The event included its usual array of costumes, screams and laughter. Check out our photo and video gallery above.

Chuck Biscuits January 01, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Bev Halpin Stirling January 02, 2013 at 12:58 AM
One of these years I hope to get up enough nerve to do the First day Plunge! I watched from the boardwalk and everyone looked as though they were having a blast!
Jeffrey Steel January 02, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Chuck, get a life. Great way to start the year by being negative and insulting. It's a great tradition and lots of fun. Ocean City is a great place to live and have fun. Happy 2013!
Bruce Hamilton January 02, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Agreed. I missed this year because of knee surgery, but will be back next. Happy New Year!
Karen Bolden January 02, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Thanks Jeffrey for saying that to Chuck......wow what a miserable guy he must be. This is a really nice tradition that is as fun to read about as to watch....I wish Chuck some happiness in his life.....get happy
Lisa Anderson Yoskin January 02, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Okay if I go in the ocean before August, that's enough of a polar plunge for me! Anything below 75 degrees is way to cold!!!!!! BRRRRRRRRRRR I got goose bumps just watching!
Eric Sauder January 02, 2013 at 08:06 PM
jessica lewis January 02, 2013 at 09:53 PM
do it every year and love it. No beter way to start off a new year!
Jacqueline Wheiler January 03, 2013 at 01:52 AM
My Granddaughter just moved to Ocean City and this was her first plunge ever. I traveled down with her Mom and we had a blast even though we didn't take the plunge. Friendly people...everyone wishing you a Happy New Year. We will be back next year. Keep it going and ignore unkind comments. Jackie Wheiler


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