Ahoy! Ted Kennedy tries water rescue
Oct. 17, 2005: U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, who had been dogged by criticism since a 1969 car accident in which his passenger drowned, tried to come to the aid of six men trapped by high tide on a jetty off Hyannisport, Mass., though he eventually left the rescue to Hyannis firefighters.
The Massachusetts Democrat was walking his two Portuguese waterdogs on the beach when he spotted the men cut off from the shore by rising waters.
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Hyannis Fire Capt. Craig Farrenkopf said Kennedy and a friend tried to retrieve the men in a 13-foot Whaler before they were forced back by rough waters.
Shortly after the attempt, a crew from the fire department was able to pick up the men in their 20s in three trips and bring them back to shore.
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