Watch how 4 East Germans swam to freedom with a police boat in pursuit

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Incredible video via 22 words

In 1961, the first person to ever be killed by the East German police as he attempted to escape was shot as he swam across the Spree, a river along a portion of the erstwhile Berlin wall. Over the years, hundreds of others tried it, too, risking death by drowning if not police. And, though onlookers on the western bank encouraged them, no one was allowed to help escapees until they actually reached the shore.

Almost 30 years later, in 1988, three men and a woman took this life-or-death challenge and a tourist happened to be there filming. It is incredible footage…

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