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Hundreds take the Polar and Penguin plunge

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By John Guice

jguice@abc6.com

While some people may have been sleeping after a night of celebrating, hundreds got up early this morning and rushed into the chilly ocean waters. The Third Annual Polar Plunge in Fall River benefits the Forever Paws Animal Shelter.

Fall River council woman Pat Casey took the plunge, not an easy feat for a young woman her age. She's seventy years young. Casey has been taking the plunge for three years. She says she does it for the good cause it supports.

There were some veteran plungers at the Penguin Plunge in Narrangansett. One family has taken the plunge for thirty years, a tradition, that's now in memory of a loved one who passed away recently.  Colleen Elias says her late brother, Richard Raftery, ran into the ice cold waters for 36 years in honor of his special needs brother-in-law. Elias continues her brother's tradition in support of Special Olympics.

"It makes me sad that he's gone, but it makes me very happy that we can do this in the memory of him," she said.

The waters were cold, but the hearts of many Polar and Penguin plungers were filled with warmth!

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