Brrrrr

April 28th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

A man has been taken to hospital with hypothermia after taking an early morning skinny dip in Harbour.

Acting police inspector Bruce Mackay said police were called to Oriental Bay, after receiving reports of a naked man swimming near Freyberg pool.

“Police were called to talk to the man, to see why he was naked and swimming in the harbour. He was taken to hospital in a hypothermic condition, but obviously we’re also concerned for his mental wellbeing.”

I’d say anyone who goes swimming in Wellington waters in April is definitionally insane :-)

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8 Responses to “Brrrrr”

  1. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    DPF,

    I’m guessing a bit of a smartphone/tablet autocorrect error there, but, to borrow from Gen. Melchett, “I like it [definitionally] and want to use it more in conversation.”

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  2. Graeme Edgeler (2,972 comments) says:

    Hey! I went swimming at Oriental Bay on Good Friday.

    Wasn’t a skinny dip, or early morning, and I didn’t stay in long, and it hurt if you put your head under, but it wasn’t that bad!

    [DPF: I’m not sure this disproves my statement :-)]

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  3. David Farrar (1,437 comments) says:

    Not an error. Like John Key I invent new words sometimes :-)

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  4. davidp (3,585 comments) says:

    There were some youth sitting on the Oriental Bay floating platform last weekend. It was nice weather, but there has to be steam coming off water before I’ll get in it.

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  5. alwyn (439 comments) says:

    You must be getting soft as you get older.
    As a Wellingtonian I am sure you will agree that the water temperature in Cook Strait is definitely colder than within Wellington harbour itself. Anyone who doesn’t think so should try a dip at Lyall Bay and then at Scorching Bay.
    That said there are regular successful Cook Strait crossings that take place in April.
    Some in recent years are
    5 April 2006 – Oldest (then) female
    9 April 2007 – First Grandmother and new oldest female
    22 April 2007 – youngest female
    13 April 2008 – fastest ever crossing (4 hours 37 minutes)
    April is quite a common month for attempts so it can’t really be that cold in the sea.
    Notwithstanding that I don’t choose to EVER swim in the sea in Wellington.

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  6. Alan Wilkinson (1,938 comments) says:

    Plenty of kids swimming at Long Beach in a glorious sunny morning today. I guess the sea water is still around 20C up here. In a friend’s swimming pool it is still 23-24C with no heating.

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  7. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    There wasn’t a Liarbore get together harbour cruise last night by any chance?

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  8. mara (770 comments) says:

    Harden up David. I did this more than once in winter when young, pissed and excited. OTOH, if this chap was old and sober there is likely a problem. Oriental Bay at any time is bloody cold.

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