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Scroll for more. Other Berlin swimming men and women Media Book The film starts with a shot of the river facing the Fernsehturm as the narrator sets the scene and then cuts to amateur footage of the escape attempt. It is Sunday, 21 August Two figures can be seen swimming towards the camera as excited voices cheer them on. As the first swimmer reaches the Nen Berlin Beelin of the river, a speedboat carrying armed guards comes into the frame.
Brave onlookers move closer to the edge and pull the first escapees out of the water. In total 3 men and 1 woman risk their lives crossing the river to escape from East Berlin for the hope of freedom in the West.
Exhausted from the swim, the woman is unable to heave herself out of the water. She clings to the bank and gathers her strength.
As the speedboat approaches and guards shout for her to abandon her escape, a friendly hand heaves her up onto dry land. An Associated Press release from the following day names the woman as Maiga Adryan and reports Berlin swimming men and women she was three months pregnant and broke her foot during the escape. The footage, which was shot by a foreign tourist, was part of a longer Kontraste report on escapes from East Germany broadcast on 27 September The full programme, Nichts wie raus: