April 09, 2020

Winter swimmers take annual plunge at Acadia

BAR HARBOR — Undeterred by temperatures that barely reached double digits, about a dozen hardy souls took their annual plunge into the Atlantic at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park at 10 a.m. Thursday.

At about 30-35 degrees, the ocean is warmer than the air, but still a long way from comfortable, according to park Ranger Richard Rehholtz, who watched the men and women rush into the icy water.

“They jump in, jump out, get dressed real quick, and run back up to their heated cars,” said Rehholtz. “They didn’t stay in long, I can tell you that.”

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