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Myrtle Beach Polar Plunge 2018 passes fundraising goal

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People rushed home to warm up Saturday after jumping in the chilly ocean for Saturday's annual polar plunge.

The water temperature was 44 degrees according to Chief Meteorologist Ed Piotrowski.


Over $97,000 was raised this year for the "Freezin for a Reason" Polar Plunge.

All the proceeds go straight to the South Carolina Special Olympics.

Saturday they exceeded their $85,000 goal.

"I'm feeling great right now, it was cold and I was first in the water of course but other than that I'm good, it wasn't as cold as I was expecting it. I feel good, and now it's time to go get in the hot tub you know, warm up a little bit before I go home," said Brandon Lawrence, one of the many participants.

About 800 people took the polar plunge Saturday.

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