Freezing photos: More from the Polar Plunge

January 4, 2017

PHOTOS BY SCOTT EISEN
Essex County District Judge Cesar Archilla keeps warm before participating in the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott.

SWAMPSCOTT — Compared to some years, it was downright toasty for the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach on New Year’s Day. Still, it takes a special brand of commitment to take a dip in the Atlantic when the wind is whipping and the thermometer is hovering around 40 degrees.

People stay warm around a fire made by the Swampscott Yacht Club before the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

People stay warm around a fire made by the Swampscott Yacht Club before the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott.

People stay warm around a fire made by the Swampscott Yacht Club before the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

People stay warm around a fire made by the Swampscott Yacht Club before the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott.

People stay warm around a fire made by the Swampscott Yacht Club before the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach in

Swampscott.

Greg Fitzgerald, center, and Sam Bradford directly to his left, try to stay warm before the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

Greg Fitzgerald and Sam Bradford try to stay warm before the annual Polar Plunge.

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach in Swampscott.

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach.

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach.

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman’s Beach.

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach.

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

People rush into the ocean during the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach.

A girl reacts to the cold ocean during the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

A girl reacts to the cold ocean during the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach.

Participants in the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

Participants react to the cold water at the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach.

Participants in the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

Participants react to the cold water at the annual Polar Plunge at Fisherman’s Beach.

Doug Waitt holds his arms up after successfully participating in the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

Doug Waitt holds his arms up after successfully participating in the annual Polar Plunge.

Dave "Cody" Morse plays guitar around a fire made by the Swampscott Yacht Club during the annual Polar Plunge on Fisherman's Beach in Swampscott on Sunday, January 1, 2017. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

Dave “Cody” Morse plays guitar around a fire made by the Swampscott Yacht Club.