New Year’s Day dip draws thousands

Dolphin Dip

Thousands of fearless swimmers leave the frigid Atlantic Ocean to ring in the new year at the 12th annual Dolphin Dip in Surf City Jan. 1.

PAUL STEPHEN / Halifax Media Services
Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 02:51 PM.

SURF CITY — Nothing could stop Pat Trout from getting into the Atlantic Ocean on New Year’s Day for the annual Surf City Dolphin Dip.

“If I can hobble, we will be going in together,” the 81-year-old North Topsail Beach resident said.

Trout and her daughter, Myrrah Trout, entered the frigid ocean waters for the eighth or ninth time — they can’t remember which — with a few hundred strangers on Wednesday.

Both donned bright patterned swimsuits and pants as they waded in up to their waists as part of the 12th annual event.

Pat Trout was able to leave her walking cane on the beach as she walked in supported on both arms.

Myrrah Trout was prepared for the cold water and said Wednesday’s temperatures felt the lowest they’ve been since they first dipped so many years ago.

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