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East German Man Swims River To Escape To West

October 8, 1988

BAD BRAMSTEDT, West Germany (AP) _ A 24-year-old East German man climbed his communist homeland’s border barriers Friday and swam a river to flee to the West, border police said.

The man, whose identity was not released, eluded East German police border patrols at the frontier nearly 50 east of Hamburg, scaled barriers and then swam the Wakenitz River, said the West German border police.

On Thursday, police said two East German men fled from the Baltic coast in a rubber dinghy and were rescued in stormy seas in Danish territorial waters by a Greek freighter.

On Wednesday, an East German man waded through the shallows of the Werra River and scaled barriers to escape just east of Kassel in north-central West Germany.

More than 333 East Germans have fled to West Germany this year, according to government statistics.

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