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Residents Take the Plunge at Compo for Charity

Taking a dip in the bone-chilling waters at Westport's Compo Beach is without a doubt a cool way to start the New Year. And that's exactly what dozens of daring men, women and children did Saturday morning.

Although going for a swim at the beach on the first day of January might seem totally insane, the New Year's Day plungers braved the chilly water for good causes: Participants raised money for organizations of their choosing. Some organizations that benefited from the Polar Bear Plunge included Westport's Save the Childre n and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network .

And though the swimmers were greeted with sunny skies and air temperatures in the 40s, it certainly wasn't a typical day at the beach with water temperatures near 40.

Have you ever taken part in a New Year's Day plunge or done something nutty for a charity? Tell us about it below.

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