P. F. Pond '25 and P. H. Theopold '25 were responsible for saving the life of B. L. Rideout '27, when the M. I. T. launch ran down and sank the shell in which the Senior class crew was rowing yesterday afternoon.
The accident occurred at 5.30 o'clock about 70 feet downstream from the River street bridge. The Senior crews rowing upstream, met the Tech coaching launch coming down. The fault was mutual: Senior A had failed to stop, and the launch was on the left of the arch. In trying to regain the right side, the launch hit the shell in the bow, sinking it immediately. B. F. Rice Bassett at bow jumped just in time to avoid injury.
Confusion was caused when the men tried to swim instead of holding to the shell, Rideout, muffled in heavy coxswain's togs, sank several times but was saved by Theopold and Pond. He was unconscious for some time, but was resting comfortably at Stillman infirmary last night.