The water may have only been about 39 degrees but that didn't stop hundreds of ECU students from Jumping in.
The 14th Annual "Polar Bear Plunge" took place at the East Carolina University Student Recreation Center Thursday night with a record turnout of more than 700. The previous record was 600 in 2009
The Polar Bear Plunge started in 1997 as a part of the grand opening of the Student Recreation Center with 35 students taking the plunge.
Jumpers were encouraged to bring a canned food item with all donations going to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.