The Guide Shouted He’d Shoot Us
Ján Tocký belongs to the group of runaways, which on the April 30, 1952 nearby the village Moravský Svätý, managed to sail the Morava River and flee to Austria. According to Tocký, especially in this season, the river was swollen and at some places, it almost overflew from its banks. Some members of this group got scared when they saw the swollen Morava and they were decided to return. However, it was necessary to proceed all together and not to break the unity. Breaking the group into more parts would increase the risk that some of them would be caught by the Border Guard. Therefore they decided to try and all together sail to the other side of Morava. The guide blew the dinghy, which he had in his backpack. Each dinghy could carry about 6 – 7 people and in such groups they sailed over the swollen river. However, when the second dinghy from the end got onto water, Ján Tocký was in this group, something happened what almost destroyed all of the runaway attempts. One older priest, sitting on the edge of the dinghy, unawares dipped into the cold water. He got frightened, stood up and the boat overbalanced. Others began to scream they couldn't swim, but their shouting could attract the attention of the Border Guard. That’s why from the streamside the guide shouted to them to be quiet, that otherwise he’d shoot them. Tocký along with his Salesian friend could swim, so they quickly flipped the boat over, everyone could hold on to it and they helped to push it to the streamside. Fortunately, no one got drowned in that cold water. After the last dinghy got on the other streamside, it was daybreak already. In the end the whole group managed to flee through Vienna and Linz to the free land.