Richard Carey pedalled his bike into the water on a chilly start to the New Year in Crofton. (Photo by Amy Carey)

Richard Carey pedalled his bike into the water on a chilly start to the New Year in Crofton. (Photo by Amy Carey)

Six diehards brave the chilly waters at Crofton

Normal polar bear swim doesn’t happen, but a few still take the plunge

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.

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Six hearty souls still took part in an informal Polar Bear Swim on New Year’s Day in Crofton. (Photo by Wendy Carey)

Six hearty souls still took part in an informal Polar Bear Swim on New Year’s Day in Crofton. (Photo by Wendy Carey)

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