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Guinea Dip: About 40 jump in chilly York River for a good cause

Approximately 40 people braved the cold waters of the York River Saturday afternoon as they participated in the third annual Guinea Dip.

Hosted by the Gloucester Rowing Association, the parent organization for the Gloucester High School crew, the event raised approximately $5,000, said Debbie Frayser, who headed fundraising for the event.

The GHS crew has about 35 members, Frayser said, and each participant was expected to raise at least $100 in donations from relatives, friends and local businesses. Also, there were some corporate sponsors.

The event included a disc jockey to entertain participants and the more than 100 others who gathered at Gloucester Point Beach. GRA logo sweatshirts were for sale, while warm food and drinks were given away so everybody could warm up a bit on the chilly day.

Members of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission dive team (in cold weather gear) swam out to keep the swimmers within a safe distance to the shore. Abingdon Volunteer Rescue Squad membe...

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