This year’s annual “polar plunge” at Coney Island lost some of its levity, when a man had to be dragged out of the icy waters.

The man entered the water, apparently alone, but collapsed after a few minutes in the Atlantic, authorities said.

Lifeguards immediately performed CPR after the unresponsive man was dragged out of the water in Coney Island.
The man reportedly swam into the water alone at the annual “polar plunge” in Coney Island.
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Lifeguards immediately performed CPR after the unresponsive man was dragged out of the water in Coney Island.
Lifeguards immediately performed CPR after the unresponsive man was pulled from the ocean.
Stephen Yang

Lifeguards pulled the man out and began CPR, before EMTs arrived.

The man remained unresponsive despite mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions.

FDNY said a cardiac arrest was reported at 11:30 a.m. at Stillwell Ave. and Surf Ave.

Lifeguards immediately performed CPR after the unresponsive man was dragged out of the water in Coney Island.
EMTs perform chest compressions on the unresponsive man after rushing to the scene.
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FDNY members carried the unresponsive man into an ambulance.
FDNY members carried the unresponsive man into an ambulance and then brought him to Coney Island Hospital.
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The patient was taken to Coney Island Hospital. No further information was available.

The annual plunge — put on by the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, which advertises itself as “the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States” — is a free charity event. Participants are required to sign waivers.

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