Battered by waves off Manasquan, in frigid water over his head, the 19-year-old autistic, diabetic Howell man struggled to make it back to shore- while two other young men laughingly taped him with a cellphone as he fought to stay alive. The men, Drake said, had egged him into accepting a dare on Feb. 25: Plunge into the icy waters of the Atlantic and stay there for a minute, in exchange for $20 and two packs of cigarettes… Drake took the dare, but it almost cost him his life. The pair took him onto a jetty and told him to jump. Once in the icy water, his insulin pump froze. Drake said he’s still not sure how he made it back to shore… The temperature in the vicinity of Manasquan at 5 p.m. on Feb. 25 was 35 degrees Fahrenheit, but it felt like 28 to 31 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill, according to David Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University. The temperature of the ocean was 30 degrees that day, he said.
/ / / Pair Encouraged Autistic Man to Plunge in Icy Ocean