Berlin: Afghan Refugee Tries to Drown Girl in 2°C River
by Egri Nök
An original translation from B.Z. (Berliner Zeitung):
Berlin-Spandau: 19-year-old wanted to drown girl (17) in the Havel
December 19, 2017
The young man pushed the 17-year-old into the river and repeatedly tried to push her under the water
A relationship argument between a young woman (17) and her boyfriend (19) – according to B.Z. investigations an Afghan asylum seeker – ended in the two-degree [Celsius; 35.6°F] water of the Havel at the Spandauer Burgwall! With dramatic consequences for the man: he submerged, and was rescued by firefighters. He had to be resuscitated. He was taken to hospital to the intensive care unit for further treatment.
Girl saved herself at the riverbank
The girl was able to get to the riverbank and save herself by climbing up a ladder on the wall. She was taken to hospital with hypothermia. As the German girl tells the police and the rescue teams, her boyfriend angrily pushed her into the water after an argument. He then jumped in as well, and tried to push her under the water to drown her.
The police confirm this course of events in their press release of Tuesday afternoon. The fourth homicide commission began investigations. “The man is a suspect. He had to be resuscitated,” says a police spokesman.
Rescuers in fear
B.Z. spoke to the gas station attendant at the marine gas station at Spandauer Burgwall: “I saw how the soaking wet, frightened girl was taken into the ambulance.” About a minute later a commotion broke out among the rescuers. They ran back to the water and searched for the woman’s boyfriend. “A tug was just about to land for tanking at my station; we were barely able to redirect it.” Then a river police boat arrived and pulled the man from the water.