Six hearty souls braved the waters off the Crofton wharf for an informal New Year’s Day polar bear swim.
The usual large turnout seen in recent years didn’t happen, with the Crofton Fire Department not organizing the event due to restrictions on gatherings from the pandemic.
The diehards included Richard Carey riding his bike into the water while wearing a panda mask. Then, for good measure, he went in a second time.
Former Crofton fire chief Lee Burridge has been doing polar bear swims for 40 years.
It’s hoped the community polar bear swim can return next year since it’s become such a fun event for participants and spectators alike in recent years.