BROOKLYN - Hundreds of people from around the world gathered in Coney Island for the Annual Polar Bear Plunge for charity today.

The participants sprinted into the frigid Atlantic Ocean in support of various causes. Forecasters say the water was about 42 degrees, but swimmers say the excitement and energy of the event made it worthwhile.

Pat O'Brien says he took the icy plunge in support the You Gotta Believe Youth Adoption program, which helps local teens find adoptive families.

O'Brien says he asked people to donate $1 for every second he remained submerged in the water. He says he gathered about 150 donations before the event, which totaled more than $4,000.