The Hummers helped bring in the Delaware New Year upstate. Downstate there are those brave souls who jump in the Atlantic Ocean.
2017 came in with a “Skim-Boarder” being lowered from the Rehoboth Beach Fire Company Aerial Truck in downtown Dewey Beach on New Years Eve.
That was followed up by over 200 brave souls tolerating 40 degree water temperatures to jump into the Atlantic Ocean for the “5th Annual Dewey Dunk” on New Years Day.
The event did have a somber moment as a “moment of silence and wreath floating” event took place in remembrance of Tim McClanahan who in past years was one of the rescue swimmers at the past Dewey Dunk events. He was fatally hurt in a training accident last July.
What did all those dunkers get for their efforts? A t-shirt, some warm chocolate, and a space around the Dewey Dunk beach bonfire.