Photos of some of the 500 people who ran into the bay at L Street.
Haha. I just typed something bemoaning the lack of Globe photos accompanying the piece, and saying I would've especially liked to see how Dina Rudick or Yoon S. Byun would've shot it. But I double-checked Boston.com before posting, and here ya go:
"I always thought complete morons would do this," said one plunger, Steve Sheerin of Maynard, "and I still believe only complete morons do this."
Yup... that about sums it up for me. Excuse me while I go slam my thumb with a ball peen hammer.
We were way in the back, so before we even left the bathhouse there were already people coming back in. So, you won't get to see the big crowd run in, but you will see my patriotic friends and I.
There were people taking their kids to do this idiocy. It's one thing for an adult to jump into icy water. Presumably, the adult knows the risks involved. Parents taking their kids to do it? Any parent identified in the photos or videos should receive an immediate visit from the Department of Social Services, and I say that as a fairly staunch Libertarian.
You need to Chill Out.
It's not like they let them go swimming for 30 minutes. Most people had warm cars running and hot beverages ready.
A little cold water never hurt anyone, and is no reason to waste social services time and money.
You could read this...
Or, for a more detailed medical analysis, this...
Never jump into Dorchester Bay on Jan. 1.
Thanks, Jim, I think I can keep that resolution!
There's a difference between splashing in waist deep water, and taking a prolonged swim.
That boys death is sad, but was the result of swimming.
Cold Shock might be a problem for actual swimmers, but what L street does isn't be considered swimming. On top of that, it's put on by the Curley Community Center, so I'm sure there are proper life guards for the event, not to mention the ones most likely participating.
They also require parent consent for those under 18, so they leave it to parents judgment, as it should be.
So again, Chill out!
Cold Shock describes a series of rapid, linked, involuntary and detrimental physiological events in the inadequately protected human body characterized by immediate loss of breathing control, incapacitation and high risk of drowning or sudden death when suddenly immersed in cold water.
A to be sure, I said a little, not a lot.
What happened to that boy was unfortunate.
I thought the same thing when I saw the report on the news. Making children go into ice cold water on a day where it's 6 degrees outside? Doesn't seem like it's in the best interest of the child to me.