Parents sue Sea Isle City after their daughter died while swimming in ice cold water

Tracy Hottenstein 
By: Ryan Lee Hall 

Parents filed a lawsuit against a city after their daughter died during a polar bear plunge event. The polar bear plunge is when a group of people jump into ice cold water together.

The parents of a Pennsylvania woman, who died shortly after attending a Polar Bear Plunge charity event in southern New Jersey two years ago, have sued the city where it was held and the group that organized it.

Among the 19 defendants in the federal lawsuit filed this week by Tracy Hottenstein's parents, are the owners of two bars where she drank on the night she died and the couple who invited her to dinner at their house that night. Also named in the lawsuit, is the hospital where she died and the doctor who pronounced her dead.

They also named the Sea Isle City Police Department and individual officers after they claim that the
officers did not allow rescue workers to perform lifesaving treatment for hypothermia after they discovered Hottenstein had no pulse.

The Conshohocken woman's body was found in the Sea Isle City bay. County officials said that she was accidentally killed by hypothermia, but still do not know how or why she entered the water after a night of partying.

The suit claims the city's permissive attitude toward alcohol during the annual event led to Hottenstein's death.