Couple wed during annual polar dip


Traci Ann and Patrick Helton. (Staff photo by Ray Quiroga)

Cupid can strike at the least expected time. Traci Ann and Patrick Helton can vouch for that. They tied the knot after a three-week, whirlwind courtship.

These days, that fact unto itself may not raise that many eyebrows, but consider the fact that neither individual was looking for love and that just weeks ago, Patrick was merely visiting the Island while on vacation from Wichita, Kansas.

To make Traci and Patrick’s experience that much more memorable, the couple chose to wed on New Year’s Day before a crowd of 2,000 strangers during the 13th Annual South Padre Island Polar Bear Dip. For Traci and Patrick, taking their vows in front of 2,000 strangers who were just about to simultaneously plunge into the Gulf of Mexico to kick of the New Year was logical.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Jan. 6 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press.

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