Car­bon­ear hos­pi­tal staff ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions with po­lar dip

Chilly event in Sal­mon Cove raised over $5,000 for lo­cal food banks

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA

The cool breeze blan­ket­ing the beach in Sal­mon Cove on Feb. 4 made for less-than-ideal con­di­tions when it came to the big po­lar dip hap­pen­ing that day.

But of course, these peo­ple were com­mit­ted to a good cause, so there was no turn­ing back for emer­gency room staff from Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. Fol­low­ing a short count­down, a dozen brave and lightly-dressed swim­mers ran into the At­lantic Ocean, splashed about, and then quickly came back to shore to warm up.

“I don’t know — can’t re­mem­ber,” Brad Hunt, a reg­is­tered nurse, told The Com­pass when asked if it was the cold­est ex­pe­ri­ence of his life.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought, ac­tu­ally,” he then added. “I thought it was go­ing to be much colder. I guess the air tem­per- ature kind of pre­pared us for it.

“Hav­ing said that, I wouldn’t want to do it again any time soon.”

Satur­day’s event raised over $5,000 for the Sal­va­tion Army’s food bank in Car­bon­ear and the Help­ing Hand food bank in Bay Roberts. That fig­ure was the tar-

“I thought it was go­ing to be much colder. I guess the air tem­per­a­ture kind of pre­pared us for it. Hav­ing said that, I wouldn’t want to do it again any time soon.” — Brad Hunt

get goal for or­ga­niz­ers.

“We’ll need to aim higher next year,” said Hunt, who hopes to see the po­lar dip be­come an an­nual event.

Paramedics were present at the beach in Sal­mon Cove to help en­sure ev­ery­one was OK fol­low­ing the swim.

These two held hands get­ting into the wa­ter (more ac­cu­rately, one ap­peared to be drag­ging the other in) and got out with ex­pres­sions that said it all.

PHO­TOS BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Brad Hunt, left, makes his way back to shore.

Brad Hunt thanked sup­port­ers of the fundrais­ing drive prior to the freez­ing swim Feb. 4.

The Feb. 4 dip in the wa­ter was rel­a­tively quick for staff from the emer­gency room at Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

The man wear­ing the crown helped a col­league re­trieve his hat.

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