Skan Winterfest: Care to take a swim?

Despite the attraction, though, Skaneateles Police Chief Lloyd Perkins is worried about personal safety and said he had some concerns about the swim.

"I asked for an action plan," Perkins said. "I want it all spelled out."

According to Perkins, mid-winter swims like the Polar Bear Plunge are not regulated or have set rules for how to carry out the event. The action plan drawn up by organizer Todd Marshall has the event planned down to the specific time when everything is to happen -------- beginning with when the ice on the lake would be cut.

"He's got a pretty good plan," Perkins said.

Assistant Fire Chief Fred Squires has committed 15 divers for the plunge, an ambulance and rescue crew will be on the premises and swimmers will enter the water in teams of five people.

"It appears he's covered all those bases, but there has been no meeting with all the entities," Perkins said.

There will also be warming tents for the swimmers and hot coffee and cocoa provided by the Sherwood Inn.

Considering there is a possibility that participants could get injured during the event, the village trustees expressed concern of liability.

"We have a certificate of insurance that covers this," Seeley said.

Rotary International provides the local clubs with a $5 million rider in the event of injury during an event.

"It's a neat event. It's very visible," Seeley said.

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