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Annual polar bear plunge draws thousands to Vancouver beach: city official

Annual polar bear plunge draws thousands to Vancouver beach: city official
January 01, 2013 - 4:37 PM

VANCOUVER - There was one cold, hard consoling fact for those participating in Vancouver's annual polar bear swim — the water in English Bay was slightly warmer than the air temperature.

Wearing bath robes, spandex-like suits, sombreros and even bikinis, more than 2,200 people greeted the new year by plunging into the black waters off the city's downtown core.

Amanda West, whose radio station was sponsoring the event, says the water temperature was 7 C and the air temperature was 6 C, slightly colder than last year.

Luis Sintillan, a 43-year-old Ecuadorian, says he took the plunge for the first time because he's visiting Canada and was told he had to participate for the experience.

Jason Aviss of Langley, B.C., says he participated because the swim was a "cleansing thing," and he dressed in a tuxedo Morphsuit, a spandex-like full-body-suit, just to be formal.

City of Vancouver spokesman Sean Healy says 2,233 registered for the event and about 18,000 spectators watched, making the swim the biggest in B.C. and one of the largest in the world.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
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