By Beth David, Editor
Hundreds of people showed up at Fort Phoenix Beach on New Year’s Day, most to watch, but many to plunge into the icy Atlantic for a New Year’s tradition that gets the heart pumping.
Organizers said close to 200 registered, but clearly more than that jumped in, and about 300 more were on hand to watch and take pictures of their more adventurous friends and relatives.
Although it was warm for the season, and most definitely warmer than in many past years, it was still a shock to some.
“I don’t like it,” said Nola, 10, of New Bedford, as she cuddled under a thick blanket on the beach. “Because I couldn’t feel my body.”
Her mother, cousin and aunt, however, did not have that attitude.“It was awesome,” Nola’s mother Marlo Grace, who said she did it for the cause.
The plunge has traditionally been held in honor of domestic violence victims. This is the sixth year that the plunge proceeds, raised from t-shirt sales, will go to Fairhaven Dollars for Scholars.
“I always wanted to do it,” said Marlo, and her cousin Leshia Souto talked her into it this year.
Mary Anne Walker, 64, said she lost count of how many times she has plunged.
“A whole bunch of times,” she said. “I love it.”
She does it for the “thrill of it.”
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