A gallery of 9 photos: “River Rescue,” Circa 1991, Hains Point, Washington, D.C.
A sudden change in weather produces dangerous currents.
Two men hold onto their board and attempt to reach the shoreline.
It is raised and barricaded. A crowd gathers and eggs them on..
Realizing the men cannot reach safety, strangers risk their own to help.
They form a human chain …
One swimmer is pulled to safety.
The second makes the attempt …
And the Police arrive, only minutes later.
Safe at last, if a bit embarrassed.