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Cross dive veteran grabs reward of faith

The third time was the charm when 18-year-old Joseph Cooley jumped into Spring Bayou and resurfaced gripping a white cross. It was his final time diving alongside other boys, ages 16-18, as part of the 111th annual Epiphany celebration, a Greek Orthodox Christian ceremony celebrating the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. It is often called the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and brings thousands of people to Tarpon Springs every year. (Jan. 9, 2017)JAMES BORCHUCK | Staff Photographer

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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