Swimmers splash into 2016 in NYC Polar Bear plunge

Coney Island's "Polar Bear Plunge" Starts 2016


NEW YORK (AP) — New Year's Day was a time to chill out for a throng of adventuresome swimmers who started 2016 with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean off New York City.

An estimated 2,000 people participated in the annual Coney Island Polar Bear plunge on a seasonally chilly Friday. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration measurements show air temperatures in the area were in the low 40s, while the ocean was a bit warmer.

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OAKVILLE, ON- JANUARY 1: People splash and plunge into in the cold water. The Courage Polar Bear Dip is Canada's biggest charity Polar Bear Dip and raises money for World Vision through pledges to the participants that dip in Lake Ontario . at Coronation Park in Oakville. January 1, 2016. This year more than 800 dippers raised $130,000. This puts the total raised in the history of the dip to $1.4 million. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
OAKVILLE, ON- JANUARY 1: Gaye Courage splashes in the Lake. People splash and plunge into in the cold water. The Courage Polar Bear Dip is Canada's biggest charity Polar Bear Dip and raises money for World Vision through pledges to the participants that dip in Lake Ontario . at Coronation Park in Oakville. January 1, 2016. This year more than 800 dippers raised $130,000. This puts the total raised in the history of the dip to $1.4 million. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
OAKVILLE, ON- JANUARY 1: People splash and plunge into in the cold water. The Courage Polar Bear Dip is Canada's biggest charity Polar Bear Dip and raises money for World Vision through pledges to the participants that dip in Lake Ontario . at Coronation Park in Oakville. January 1, 2016. This year more than 800 dippers raised $130,000. This puts the total raised in the history of the dip to $1.4 million. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
OAKVILLE, ON- JANUARY 1: People splash and plunge into in the cold water. The Courage Polar Bear Dip is Canada's biggest charity Polar Bear Dip and raises money for World Vision through pledges to the participants that dip in Lake Ontario . at Coronation Park in Oakville. January 1, 2016. This year more than 800 dippers raised $130,000. This puts the total raised in the history of the dip to $1.4 million. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
OAKVILLE, ON- JANUARY 1: People splash and plunge into in the cold water. The Courage Polar Bear Dip is Canada's biggest charity Polar Bear Dip and raises money for World Vision through pledges to the participants that dip in Lake Ontario . at Coronation Park in Oakville. January 1, 2016. This year more than 800 dippers raised $130,000. This puts the total raised in the history of the dip to $1.4 million. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
OAKVILLE, ON- JANUARY 1: Matt Laventzis splashes into the Lake. People splash and plunge into in the cold water. The Courage Polar Bear Dip is Canada's biggest charity Polar Bear Dip and raises money for World Vision through pledges to the participants that dip in Lake Ontario . at Coronation Park in Oakville. January 1, 2016. This year more than 800 dippers raised $130,000. This puts the total raised in the history of the dip to $1.4 million. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
OAKVILLE, ON- JANUARY 1: Matt Laventzis splashes into the Lake. People splash and plunge into in the cold water. The Courage Polar Bear Dip is Canada's biggest charity Polar Bear Dip and raises money for World Vision through pledges to the participants that dip in Lake Ontario . at Coronation Park in Oakville. January 1, 2016. This year more than 800 dippers raised $130,000. This puts the total raised in the history of the dip to $1.4 million. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
OAKVILLE, ON- JANUARY 1: Brian Betsworth splashes in the Lake. People splash and plunge into in the cold water. The Courage Polar Bear Dip is Canada's biggest charity Polar Bear Dip and raises money for World Vision through pledges to the participants that dip in Lake Ontario . at Coronation Park in Oakville. January 1, 2016. This year more than 800 dippers raised $130,000. This puts the total raised in the history of the dip to $1.4 million. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
OAKVILLE, ON- JANUARY 1: Brian Betsworth splashes in the Lake. People splash and plunge into in the cold water. The Courage Polar Bear Dip is Canada's biggest charity Polar Bear Dip and raises money for World Vision through pledges to the participants that dip in Lake Ontario . at Coronation Park in Oakville. January 1, 2016. This year more than 800 dippers raised $130,000. This puts the total raised in the history of the dip to $1.4 million. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
LYONS, CO - JANUARY 1: Allen LaFollette, taking part in the 6th annual Lyons Polar Bear Club New Year's day plunge, does a flip into the icy waters of the St. Vrain river in Lyons, Colorado on January 1, 2016 to ring in the new year. Between 20 and 30 people braved the cold water and colder temperatures to jump into an area called the Black Bear Hole in the river. Since the 2013 floods the hole has become deeper making it easier for folks to jump in. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LYONS, CO - JANUARY 1: Allen LaFollette, taking part in the 6th annual Lyons Polar Bear Club New Year's day plunge, does a flip into the icy waters of the St. Vrain river in Lyons, Colorado on January 1, 2016 to ring in the new year. Between 20 and 30 people braved the cold water and colder temperatures to jump into an area called the Black Bear Hole in the river. Since the 2013 floods the hole has become deeper making it easier for folks to jump in. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LYONS, CO - JANUARY 1: Allen LaFollette, taking part in the 6th annual Lyons Polar Bear Club New Year's day plunge, does a flip into the icy waters of the St. Vrain river in Lyons, Colorado on January 1, 2016 to ring in the new year. Between 20 and 30 people braved the cold water and colder temperatures to jump into an area called the Black Bear Hole in the river. Since the 2013 floods the hole has become deeper making it easier for folks to jump in. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LYONS, CO - JANUARY 1: Harry Kellogg, taking part in the 6th annual Lyons Polar Bear Club New Year's day plunge, does a swan dive into the icy waters of the St. Vrain river in Lyons, Colorado on January 1, 2016 to ring in the new year. Between 20 and 30 people braved the cold water and colder temperatures to jump into an area called the Black Bear Hole in the river. Since the 2013 floods the hole has become deeper making it easier for folks to jump in. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LYONS, CO - JANUARY 1: Sarah Stillman, left, and her husband Jason, in red hat, and other members of the Lyons Polar Bear club, staying warm in their bathrobes, prepare to brave the cold temperatures and colder water to jump into the Black Bear Hole in the St. Vrain river in Lyons, Colorado on January 1, 2016 to ring in the new year. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
LYONS, CO - JANUARY 1: A couple holds hands as they take part in the 6th annual Lyons Polar Bear Club New Year's day plunge into the icy waters of the St. Vrain river in Lyons, Colorado on January 1, 2016 to ring in the new year. Between 20 and 30 people braved the cold water and colder temperatures to jump into an area called the Black Bear Hole in the river. Since the 2013 floods the hole has become deeper making it easier for folks to jump in. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Some people wore wetsuits, but others sported only bikinis.

Sixty-two-year-old Peter DeAngelo was garbed as the Jolly Green Giant for his 10th Polar Bear swim. He tells the Daily News of New York that it's "something you can never explain," but it gets adrenaline flowing.

The event raises money for Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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