Watch Video: 'Leapers' take the plunge at Walnut Beach

Water temperatures were 39 degrees Sunday when this year’s participants in the annual Leprechaun Leap dove into Long Island Sound to raise money for the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut, formerly known as the Literacy Center of Milford.

Leapers from around the city gathered at the beach for the 3 p.m. plunge.

While most participants ran in and quickly ran out, Greg Kohut, who said he made the leap on behalf of his wife, who works at Milford Bank, and Michael Jackson, of Orchid Orthopedic Solutions in Milford, battled it out to see who could stay in the longest. After several minutes, with neither looking ready to step out onto the sand, a Leap official called the contest a tie.

All proceeds collected by the “leapers” will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut.

Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut serves more than 100 adults each year with literacy support. The organization’s mission is to provide services at no cost to any individual who wishes to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills necessary to lead productive lives in the community.

“Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut envisions a community of harmony and abundance where all people and their children attain their educational and life goals, and become functioning and contributing members of our communities and society,” said Executive Director Tami Jackson in an earlier news article.

The organization’s main headquarters are located at the Fannie Beach Community Center at 16 Dixon Street in Milford with satellite offices at the Milford Library and Stratford Library.