Hundreds take part in annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island

BROOKLYN - More than 800 people made a dash into the Atlantic Ocean yesterday during Brooklyn's annual Polar Bear Plunge.

The chilly event was put on by the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, which partnered with Camp Sunshine, a Maine-based charity that helps families with sick kids.

Some participants say the water is symbolic of cleansing and starting anew, putting them on the right track for the new year.

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