SOUTH BOSTON (CBS/AP) – At 9:29 a.m. a couple of hundred people in bathing suits stood on the beach outside the L Street bath house in South Boston – on January 1, with the temperature in the low 20’s.

One minute later, they all went into the water.

At 9:31 a.m. they came out of the water – and they were freezing.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

“The air is so much warmer after you’ve been in there. It’s just great! It’s awesome!” one swimmer told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens.


It’s an annual tradition to start the New Year in Southie.

The Polar Bear Plunge has been held every year since 1904.

Donations from the swim go to the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund to be awarded to South Boston residents who are high school seniors.

Watch Carl’s Video:

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