Photo Gallery: Epiphany 2013 Dive for the Cross
A group of 48 Greek Orthodox male youths dove for the cross in hopes of retrieving it and receiving a blessed year in return.
Although 48 youngsters aged 16-18 had their eyes set on the Epiphany 2013 cross, only one could retrieve it.
Vassili Harding, 16, of Tarpon Springs appeared with the white, wooden cross shortly after it was thrown into Spring Bayou. The cross bobbed up and down in the water just before Harding snagged it.
Harding, a Tarpon Springs High School student, climbed out of the bayou and was met with cheers from the crowd. A group of boys lifted Harding up and carried him back to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral where the annual Glendi (festival) was taking place.
According to Epiphany Committee Co-Chairman, Johanna Kossifidis the event was a success and Harding's hard work did not go unnoticed.
"I am very proud," Kossifidis said. "It was the exact reaction that we always want to get out of any cross retriever."