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Carbonear hospital staff exceeds expectations with polar dip


The cool breeze blanketing the beach in Salmon Cove Saturday afternoon made for less-than-ideal conditions when it came to the big polar dip happening that day.

But of course, these people were committed to a good cause, so there was no turning back for emergency room staff from Carbonear General Hospital. Following a short countdown, a dozen brave and lightly-dressed swimmers ran into the Atlantic Ocean, splashed about, and then quickly came back to shore to warm up.

“I don’t know — can’t remember,” Brad Hunt, a registered nurse, told The Compass when asked if it was the coldest experience of his life.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought, actually,” he then added. “I thought it was going to be much colder. I guess the air temperature kind of prepared us for it.

“Having said that, I wouldn’t want to do it again any time soon.”

But of course, these people were committed to a good cause, so there was no turning back for emergency room staff from Carbonear General Hospital. Following a short countdown, a dozen brave and lightly-dressed swimmers ran into the Atlantic Ocean, splashed about, and then quickly came back to shore to warm up.

“I don’t know — can’t remember,” Brad Hunt, a registered nurse, told The Compass when asked if it was the coldest experience of his life.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought, actually,” he then added. “I thought it was going to be much colder. I guess the air temperature kind of prepared us for it.

“Having said that, I wouldn’t want to do it again any time soon.”

Saturday’s event raised over $5,000 for the Salvation Army’s food bank in Carbonear and the Helping Hand food bank in Bay Roberts. That figure was the target goal for organizers.

“We’ll need to aim higher next year,” said Hunt, who hopes to see the polar dip become an annual event.

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Hunt was pleased to see such a good crowd out to support them for the dip itself. There was a small beach fire set up, with a couple of large tents erected for those needing to change clothes. Approximately 60 people dropped by the beach to watch the polar dip.

editor@cbncompass.ca

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