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N.H. police warning of dangerous polar plunge dare

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LONDONDERRY, N.H. (WHDH) - New Hampshire police are trying to put a stop to polar plunges that have resulted  in the death of a 32-year-old man.

According to fish and wildlife experts, a man decided to jump off a raging waterfall in Bristol due to what they believe was a polar plunge dare. Three days later, his body has not been recovered.

A Polar plunge usually refers to a charity event where people go into freezing waters and a lot of organizations, such as Special Olympics Massachusetts, put one on every year.

Officials say that they've received many phone calls about kids participating in polar plunges, which has become a wintertime dare and a social media fad where kids go in to cold water five at a time.

"We're hearing more and more situations and as you look at our rivers, it doesn't seem like the prudent thing for these kids to be doing right now," said Lt. James Kneeland of N.H. Fish and Game.

Police have warned teachers, students and parents about the game.

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