Eighth annual Dip 4 Derek takes to the ocean

By Bane Okholm | Jan 02, 2013
Photo by: Bane Okholm One of Dip 4 Derek's youngest participants reacts to the frigid Atlantic waters Jan. 1.

Lincolnville — It may have been a chilly 30 degrees Jan. 1, but participants in the eighth annual Dip 4 Derek fundraiser charged into the Atlantic Ocean as if it was the height of summer.

According to event coordinator Peter Roper, approximately 35 participants ranging in age from 6 to 81 made the frigid plunge in order to raise money for the Derek O'Brien Trust.

O'Brien, a Rockport native, suffered a broken spine in a 2005 swimming accident. An avid photographer and new media student, O'Brien currently attends the University of Maine at Orono.

Roper said roughly $1,400 had been raised by Jan. 2, but those wishing to make additional donations may send checks payable to the Derek O'Brien Trust to 10 Spring St., Camden, ME 04843.

For more information, contact Peter Roper at 236-0074.

Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Participants in the eighth annual Dip 4 Derek grab a quick photo with man of the hour, Derek O'Brien, at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
The Dip 4 Derek donation jar receives a new addition during the Jan. 1 event at Lincolnville Beach. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Seth Silverton of Lincolnville for his oceanic plunge at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Participants stay warm before the annual noontime Dip 4 Derek at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
With less than five minutes to go, participants keep it lighthearted during the eighth annual Dip 4 Derek at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Dip 4 Derek participants head into the Atlantic's chilly waters at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
The return journey proves the faster leg during the Dip 4 Derek at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Dip 4 Derek coordinator Peter Roper makes his way out of the ocean at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Onlookers and participants mingle after the eighth annual Dip 4 Derek at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Two young Dip 4 Derek fundraisers wrap up against the chill at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Helping hands provide dry towels to a Dip 4 Derek participant at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Not content with the ocean's chill, one Dip 4 Derek participant displays evidence of a roll in the snow at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A young Dipper hurries back toward the parking lot at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Inured against the brisk air, Dip 4 Derek participants make their way toward warm cars at Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Derek O'Brien looks on as participants in the eighth annual Dip 4 Derek fundraiser depart Lincolnville Beach Jan. 1. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
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