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‘Polar Bears’ Take Freezing Dive For Charity

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Scantily clad divers rush to get out of the frigid water. (credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Scantily clad divers rush to get out of the frigid water. (credit: Hadas Kuznits)

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BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS) – About 700 “Polar bears” hit Neshaminy State Park this afternoon, to participate in the Third Annual Polar Bear Plunge.

“You guys ready? Let’s go plunge!”  And with that, polar bear plungers jumped into the Delaware River in Bensalem.

“I knew it was cold,” one plunger says. “I don’t like to use the word freezing but…” But, at 32 degrees, the river was in fact freezing. This plunger shrugged it off saying, “It was good.”

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These "polar bear plungers" took the name of the event seriously. (credit: Hadas Kuznits)

“It hurt really bad, kind of numbing,” said another “polar bear.”

Reporter: “You look like you’re about to cry, you poor thing!”

“Yeah. It’s a little cold!”

Reporter: “What are you feeling right now?”

“Nothing because I can’t feel anything.”

Why do they put their bodies through this? “It’s just like a rush, you know it’s like bragging rights for some people. You get a rush out of it, you get the nuts to come out. It’s like a tailgate party.”

Bragging rights aside, the freezing jump into the Delaware River is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060

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