1,600 people jump into icy Lake Ontario

On February 14, 2012, in Fun & Games, by Weird

Around 1,600 people plunged into the icy waters of Lake Ontario, according to organizers of a “Polar Plunge” in New York said. They planned to raise $225,000 for Special Olympics New York.

The 12th annual event, which occurred on Sunday took place during a snowstorm in the Rochester area that filled the lake with ice and slush.

“This was the coldest and the worst,” said Andy DeMarco, 49, of Rochester, a retired sheriff’s deputy who has participated in the event for several years.

But Randy Crum, 51, of Buffalo, a seven-year veteran of the Polar Plunge, said jumping into the frigid water is “not as bad as everybody thinks it is.”

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