Kennedy assists in rescue of 6

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HYANNIS (CAPE COD TIMES) – U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy attempted to rescue six men who had become trapped by high tide on a jetty off Hyannisport yesterday morning, though he eventually left the rescue to Hyannis firefighters.

Kennedy was walking his two Portuguese waterdogs on the shore at about 11:15 a.m. when he spotted the men, all in their 20s and from off-Cape, cut off from the shore by rising waters on a jetty that begins at the tip of the Kennedy compound, Hyannis Capt. Craig Farrenkopf said.

Kennedy and a friend tried to retrieve the men in a 13-foot Whaler before rough waters forced them back. Soon after, a crew from the Hyannis Fire Department picked up the men, in three trips, and brought them back to shore. They were taken to Cape Cod Hospital with mild hypothermia, Farrenkopf said.

While Teddy is to be commended for his actions yesterday, it in no way makes up for his conduct the last time an water rescue was required – just ask Mary Jo Kopechne‘s family…

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