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Mariners athletes take the Polar Plunge in Staten Island

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy student-athletes took part in the Polar Plunge on Sunday to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics.

The event took place at Great Kills Beach, Staten Island.

While it was a relatively warm day for December, water temperature was reported to be 50 degrees.

for more information, making a donation and other events, visit http://polarplungeny.org.