September 16, 2011

September 16: Soviet Swimming Champion Saves Drowning Victims, 1976

Shavarsh Karapetyan had won 13 European Championships and 7 USSR Championships.

On September 16, 1976, he saved 20 people. He would never swim competitively again.

Read article here.

Pictured: the USSR Order of the Badge of Honor, one of the awards given to Shavarsh Karapetyan for his heroic act.

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