After the countdown and the cannonballs, the first group at the first public swim in the Charles River in 50 years had a moment to tread water and look down. It was then that the seven swimmers began shouting their impressions of what the once-famously filthy body of water felt like.
It’s warm, came one report. It feels great, came another. And then a woman looked down and shouted what was unmistakable for the people standing on the dock.