Thousands take a dip on Tybee Island for the 16th annual Polar Plunge

Thousands take a dip on Tybee Island for 16th annual Polar Plunge

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - More than a thousand people took the chilly plunge into Tybee Island waters for the 16th Annual Polar Plunge on Friday.

Some even dressed up in funny, wacky costumes for a chance to parade in front of an esteemed panel of judges and win great prizes. Many participants say they come every year and others came to pay tribute to those who could not be there.

"We are here supporting our dear friends the Montgomery's, who lost their son to a tragic illness this past November. He passed away December 1st, got sick right before Thanksgiving and we are here in tribute to him. He loved Tybee Island, we love him and we are here in his tribute and all plunging together today," said Debbie Meade.

Proceeds from the plunge will benefit the restoration of the historic Tybee Post Theatre.

WTOC's Don Logana was among the judges for the costume contest.

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