PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth’s annual polar dive on New Year’s Day, which benefitted a local teenager fighting cancer, was held on schedule Monday afternoon after many local plunges canceled during to frigid temperatures.
Both the town of Tiverton and city of Newport canceled polar plunges Monday due to frigid temperatures. Portsmouth’s polar dive is believed to be the only official 2018 polar plunge that took place in Rhode Island on New Year’s Day.
Several people even questioned if Portsmouth’s plunge would take place after news broke Sunday about the plunge’s beneficiary being in the hospital.
“The Dive is still on,” announced organizers Sunday. “The bonfire will be lit at 1115. Hannah is in the hospital in Boston so God Bless America won’t be sung. She needs your support and prayers. Even if you dont plan to go in the water please stop by and make a donation!”
This year’s polar dive benefited Hannah Wertens, a 14-year-old local girl who is fighting cancer for the third time.
Many attendants visited the Island Park beach Monday to make a donation for Hannah and plunge into the icy waters. Organizers raised more than $4,600 to benefit Hannah’s fight.
Featured below are photos from the plunge. Feel free to add your own photos in the comment section or email them to Sandy@PortsmouthPress.com.
At the Polar Plunge in Portsmouth—-brrr
Happy New Year! pic.twitter.com/WchLK59LPv
— Jim Seveney (@JimSeveney) January 1, 2018
Photo by Jessica Pohl