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Plunging Into the New Year, Neighbors Dive In

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -

Some in the lowcountry are plunging right into the new year, literally.

Dozens gathered on Hilton Head island today for the annual "Polar Bear Plunge."

"Its a crazy thing to do, its a little cold, but its fun!"

For Tim Brophy and his family this is an important tradition.

"Its our fourth year in a row and we are really looking forward to it, this year we decided to have a theme, of striped socks."

Whether they dress up like the Brophys or are just in town for the holidays, people were ready to take the plunge.

"We might as well just do it while we're here.its the first time we've been down here, so we're just going to enjoy it and jump in," said JJ Martin.

For the Brophys they understand why this is such a big event.

"Its the family togetherness, its the fun of the plunge, its the start of the new year, its everything rolled into one."

Soon it was time to take a dive into the 50-degree water. Folks were quick to get in and just as quick to get out! So what was it like?

"Its cold! Everything was fine until I dove in, it was pretty shallow, but it was cold," said Jerry Koetting.

For Koetting this may be a new tradition in the making..

"You'll see me here next year."

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