[Originally posted in 2018] SOUTH BOSTON — The air temperature was about 1 degree above zero when 200 people plunged into Boston Harbor at M Street Beach in South Boston for the annual L Street Brownies New Year’s Day polar swim. Water temperature was 44 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The Jan. 1st swim, one of the country’s oldest such charity events, has been held annually for 115 years. In 2017, about 500…

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REPOSTED ON JANUARY 1, 2021: SOUTH BOSTON — Hundreds of intrepid swimmers, many donning costumes, made the leap into Dorchester Bay outside the Curley Community Center on Columbia Road on January 1, 2020, as part of the L Street Brownies’ annual New Year’s Day Plunge. The water off of the L Street and M Street beaches was a balmy 42 degrees for the plunge, according to the National Weather Service. The air temperature was also…

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HULL — More than 150 intrepid swimmers took the plunge at Nantasket Beach on Saturday, February 1, 2020, as part of the 25th annual Drowned Hogs swim to benefit the Wellspring Multi-Service Center in Hull. The swim was followed by a Chowder and Soup “Fest” to benefit Wellspring that was held on the Paragon Boardwalk at the beach. All photos by Bill Brett

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GLOUCESTER — More than a 1,000 people turned out on Saturday, December 28, 2019, for the eighth and final “Plunge for Pete” in honor of the late Pete Frates. The event coincided with what would have been Frates’ 35th birthday. Organizers said that 350 registered to take the plunge but some 400 actually jumped into the cold Atlantic Ocean waters. All photos by Bill Brett

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