Jury: Paramedics not liable in Polar Bear Plunge death

A federal jury has ruled against the parents of a Pennsylvania woman who died after attending an icy-water Polar Bear Plunge at the New Jersey Shore.

The jury disagreed with the arguments from the family of 35-year-old Conshohocken resident Tracy Hottenstein’s family that paramedics didn’t take adequate steps to save her.

Her body was found near a pier in Sea Isle City on Feb. 15, 2009.

The lawsuit says she may have been alive but suffering from hypothermia and paramedics didn’t take adequate steps to save her.

Hottenstein had been drinking with friends after the town’s annual Polar Bear Plunge the previous night. She didn’t take the plunge but fell off a pier later.

The suit had named AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and the doctor who pronounced Hottenstein dead.


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