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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

January 31, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A small group of swimmers braved some cold elements Saturday morning to help raise money for the YMCA. Seven people swam across a pool during the first annual Super Chill Polar Bear Swim.

The swimmers were sponsored by several Albany businesses to help raise money for a new vacuum system for the pool. But don't feel too bad for the group. They were able to warm up after their 30 second dip with a Luau celebration.

"Well, the water temperature is 54 today. And the air temperature was about 42 when we went into the pool. So it was very cold,  very invigorating, and you were definitely ready to get out once we got to the other side," said YMCA Aquatic Fitness Director, Terry Ragatz.

The Albany Search and Rescue team was also in the water Saturday morning, but for a different reason. Over the next month, they'll be practicing some of their skills at the pool.

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