A ‘Hipster Scarf’ Saved This Man’s Life

No, we're not being melodramatic.

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While some scoff at hipster accessory choices as mere counterpoints to ironic facial hair, an English language German news source is crediting what it describes as a specifically “hipster scarf” with saving a man’s life.

Alex Vogel, 38, told Tagesspiegel newspaper that he was walking by a Berlin river when he heard a nearby “wretched noise” that turned out to be a flailing, drowning American. Since there was almost five feet between Vogel and the water, he “unwound his over-long, hipster scarf,” knit by his mother-in-law, lay on the ground and threw it to the man in the water. Two passersby helped support Vogel as the 22-year-old American managed to climb up the scarf.

Police arrived shortly thereafter and took the American to a hospital for hypothermia. No word on the condition of the scarf.

[The Local]