OCEANSIDE — Rain and wind discouraged most from jumping in 59-degree water at Oceanside Pier for the Polar Plunge on Feb. 27. While the fundraiser for the Special Olympics was officially cancelled because of stormy weather, dozens of participants still showed up to drop off donations their team had collected and pick up event T-shirts.
“The rain and wind was really bad,” Teresa Contreras, Special Olympics regional manager of volunteers and the law enforcement torch run, said. “I don’t think the water was even safe to go in.”
A few brave souls who traveled down from Irvine got their feet wet, but no one swam.
Lifeguard Sgt. Tyler Berry said lifeguards were expecting 2- to 3-foot tsunami swells that day. A storm advisory had been issued to warn boaters and swimmers not to go out in the water.
Despite the rain, teams raised $15,000 for
the Special Olympics. Contreras said another meet up will be scheduled at a local park to thank teams for raising funds. There will also be venders at the event to raise additional money for the Special Olympics.