- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

BOSWELL, Pa. (AP) - An estimated 550 people braved below-freezing temperatures to plunge into a Pennsylvania reservoir and raise money for the Pennsylvania Special Olympics.

Pennsylvania Special Olympics representative Kraig Makohus says that registration for the Saturday event rose by 250 this year, despite the recent frigid weather. The event raised an estimated $75,000.

Crews had to use chain saws and heavy machinery to cut through about 10 inches of ice on Quemahoning Reservoir, exposing a roughly 30-foot by 30-foot opening for the participants, the Somerset Daily American (https://bit.ly/1dA4TTJ ) reports. The reservoir is about 75 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Ambulance services and medical personnel were on hand at the event, but no one was seriously injured.

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