Friday, May 23, 2008

Fishermen Have a Narrow Escape

New York, 1895

A party of six eel spearers narrowly escaped drowning in Jamaica Bay on Monday. The men, three of whom were Edward Ganz, Henry Wimpler and James Hadin, of Canarsie, were at work off Sands' Point cutting holes through the ice. They had cut a circle of holes around them, thus weakening the ice on which they stood.

Without warning the ice cracked and gave way, precipitating the six men into the water. Other eel spearers ran to their aid and, with the help of their long spearing-poles, succeeded in pulling them out.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, Feb. 15, 1895, p. 1.

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