Every New Year’s Day, the Newport Polar Bears invite anyone crazy enough to join them at Easton’s Beach for a swim in the frosty North Atlantic Ocean. Hundreds of brave individuals took advantage of the invite and embarked into the 40 degree water off of Easton’s Beach on Sunday at noon. 

All proceeds and donations from the event benefit A Wish Come True, a local nonprofit that grants wishes to medically qualified children who havelife-threatening illnesses and live in Rhode Island and in areas of SE Massachusetts.

Below is some video coverage of the event, as well as some Instagram photos from the event.

Video via David Stewart Productions


Hover over each photo to see the caption and who on Instagram took the photo!

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