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Shavarsh Karapetyan, is a 11-time World record
holder, 17 times world champion fin swimmer, 13 times European
champion and 7 times Soviet champion. This remarkable man has a
Shavarsh Karapetyan, is a 11-time World record holder, 17 times world champion fin swimmer, 13 times European champion and 7 times Soviet champion. This remarkable man has a fascinating history of saving lives and facing his own mortality.
At the age of 17, he became the national champion of Armenia. He began to beat his peers but was cut from the national team by covetous trainers. It was a hard time for the young swimmer, but he did not lose hope. He shifted to finswimming and within six months he became the master of sports of the Soviet Union, in eight months he became the master of international class, within 12 months he became the champion of the Soviet Union and within 14 months he became the European champion by breaking the World record.
One cold morning, it was snowing the whole day, in the month of September, whilst he was on his usual run along the dam in Yerevan, Armenia, he saw a bus carrying 92 passengers lose control and go down into the freezing water. Most of the passengers fell unconscious due to the cold water.
Without a second of hesitation, Shavarsh leaped into the freezing water to rescue the passengers. Diving to the depth of 10 meters, Shavarsh used his feet to break the back window of the bus. He saved 20 passengers one by one and spent nearly 20 minutes in the freezing water and accomplished 30 dives down to the wreck of the bus. His brother Kamo Karapetyan, who is also a swimmer took care of the injured people as Shavarsh brought them up to the surface.
Again in February 19, 1985, Shavarsh just happened to be near a burning building, the famous Soviet Armenian sports hall, that had people trapped inside. He rushed in and started pulling people out without a second thought. Once again, he was badly hurt. He had inhaled toxic fumes and lost his consciousness because of it and was rushed to the hospital. He spent a long time in the hospital recuperating from severe burns and smoke inhalation.
Karapetyan has been awarded a medal For The Rescue of the Drowning and the Order of the Badge of Honor. He also received a UNESCO Fair Play award for his act of heroism.
Since 1993, Shavarsh has been living a simple life. He owns and operates a shoe shop in Moscow called Second Breath. Our hats off to you Shavarsh Karapetyan for being a true hero!