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Henry Sesher

Henry Sesher

...the tug was still a few feet away when I jumped...

Policeman Henry Sesher, one of the first to go to the rescue, gave a vivid description of the accident.  "I saw scores of men and women, many of them holding children, plunge into the water," he said.  "I jumped into a rowboat and pulled out among the drowning people.  I think I got about fifty ashore.  A fireboat and tugs hurried to the scene and picked up more than a hundred people.  We grabbed those nearest us first.  One time I had four women in the boat with me.  Others I aided by dragging them from the water to the docks."

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