Thousands participate in annual Polar Plunge

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CONEY ISLAND— Thousands of swimmers turned out for the annual New Years Day Polar Plunge in Coney Island Friday.

This year the plunge was a little less polar than usual with water temperatures around 50-degrees, thanks to record warmth in November and December.

Still swimmers were in shock when the chill set in.

Swimmers have been taking the plunge in Coney Island since 1903, the year the club was founded.

The annual event raises money for Camp Sunshine a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.  This year the Polar Bears hoped to raise $70,000 for the charity.