Picking up on a theme related to Superstorm Sandy, which hit Coney Island hard, a man dressed as a boiler tests the water during the 110th annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club ocean swim at Coney Island in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 6:01 pm
Hundreds ring in 2013 with icy plunge in NY waters
The Associated Press
Members of the Ice Breakers and the Coney Island Polar Bear clubs and other brave bathers stripped down to their trunks or dressed in costumes for the annual New Year's Day splash.
Some people hit the surf dressed only in bikinis or briefs. One woman dressed as a mermaid. Another swimmer wore a hat with horns. Temperatures outside were in the 30s, and people screamed at the shock of the cold water.
This year, Polar Bear club members and others were raising money for Sandy relief efforts. The area was badly flooded by the late October storm.
The Ice Breakers try to raise awareness of water pollution.