An East German woman was wounded by Czechoslovak border guards when she and another escapee swam across a river to Austria, but both made it to the West, newspapers reported Saturday.

The unidentified 22-year-old woman was hit in the hip by a bullet that narrowly missed her kidney in the Oct. 23 escape, said reports carried by the Kurier and AZ newspapers.She and her 25-year-old boyfriend managed to climb over border fences and descended into the March river, but as they swam, communist border guards spotted them and opened fire, the newspapers said.

With the help of her companion, the injured woman reportedly reached the Austrian side, where the man's brother waited in a car near Baumgarten.