Coast Guard to hold fifth annual Polar Bear Swim

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine – Coast Guard personnel from various units in Southwest Harbor will dive into the chilly North Atlantic Ocean during the 5th Annual Fools Rush In Polar Bear Swim April 1, 2008.

The purpose of the swim is to familiarize Coast Guard rescuers with cold water immersion and show them what people they rescue experience.

“We conduct the swim every year to better educate our responders and the boating public about the dangers of cold water,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jim McCown Jr. of Coast Guard Sector Field Office Southwest Harbor.

“It’s a good reminder each spring that even though the air might feel warmer, the water is still frigid,” McCown said.

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