MARYLAND

Polar Bear Plunge canceled due to frigid temperatures

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(WJLA) - Special Olympics Maryland has canceled the annual Polar Bear Plunge because of high winds, tall waves and below-freezing temperatures.

Photo: Brad Bell

Organizers say more than 7,000 people had signed up to take a dip in the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday morning to raise money for the Special Olympics.

But they say that after consulting with the state police and park service, they determined that there was no safe way to hold the event.

A few hundred police officers braved the 14 degree air temperatures and the 34 degree water temperatures Friday.

"I think we have to be a little insane to do this," said Cpl. Kenyatta Porter.

"Just make sure I'm OK when its over," added Cpl. Stan Moore.

People who still want to pledge donations can submit their contributions through a state police barracks or the Special Olympics Maryland office. Organizers say they're still short of their $2.5 million fundraising goal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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