Swimmer suffers heart attack at Coney Island ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ charity event

A participant in the annual ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ charity event in Coney Island was pulled from the water when he became unresponsive minutes after entering alone.

According to the New York Post, the man went into the waters off Coney Island alone and suffered a heart attack. The water was 48.9 degrees on Saturday at the time of the Polar Plunge. Hypothermia sets in when a human is in water 60 to 70 degrees or lower. 

The swimmer was pulled from the water by lifeguards given CPR but remained unresponsive even after EMTs arrived on scene and administered treatment, according to eyewitnesses. The man was then transported to Coney Island Hospital nearby. No further information was available on his condition as of this weekend.

The swimmer is a member of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club USA, the “oldest winter bathing club in the United States.” The organization raises funds for local groups “including free public programming, environmental and educational programming, the arts, and more.” 




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