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REPORTING · 2nd January 2015
Walter McFarlane
They said the water was warmer than the air. The Second Annual Polar Bear Swim took place the Kitamaat Village Boat Launch on January 1st, 2015. Around 25 people dared to take the plunge and brave the cold water to start the New Year.

“The intention is to open the year with something fun and crazy for everybody. Bring people out,” said Trevor Amos.

With a count down from 10, the swimmers were in the water. They needed neither a countdown or the encouragement to get back out.

There was a warm fire, hot drinks and tasty food for both those who chose to get their feet wet and the spectators who came down to cheer them on.

The event was started last year because Hospital Beach was closed and there were a lot of people who wanted to jump into the icy cold water

Amos thanked everyone who helped out including his wife, the Haisla Volunteer Fire Department and Kitimat Search and Rescue who maintained a presence on the water in the Snowflake Responder during the swim.
Getting ready...
Getting ready...
Taking the Plunge
Taking the Plunge
The Snowflake Responder III was ready to assist.
The Snowflake Responder III was ready to assist.