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Braving frigid waters a New Year’s rite

Over a century of tradition honored, as roughly 600 hardy souls ring in 2013 with a plunge into waters off South Boston

They came in waves, and leapt into the bone-chilling waves — or tiptoed. They came singly, in pairs, in groups of four, five, and nine, all driven by their own reasons.

“It’s on my bucket list. I’ve got to check it off,” said first-timer Kim Yates, 31, of Arlington.

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