Quick reacting Kasper Vitten saves fellow swimmer’s life at Danish swim meet


kasper-og-leaSunday 22 September during warm-up at the Horsens Cup in Horsens, Denmark, 18-year-old Kasper Vitten from the Copenhagen Swim Club discovered a swimmer in cramps on the bottom on the pool. He immediately dove down and got 15-year-old Lea Mo Føste Andersen from Randers Swim Club out of the pool, where she received CPR for a suspected heart attack.

Lea Mo Føste Andersen herself remembers nothing from the incident, except that she began feeling unwell during the warm-up. “I suddenly felt like I was suffocating, but it probably took only a few seconds until I lost consciousness,” she says to Horsens Posten.

Tuesday 15 October at a reception at the Horsens police station, Vitten received 2000 Danish Kroner (USD 365) from the police as a token of appreciation for saving young Lea’s life. “Anyone would probably act, but you did the right thing by being super fast to get Lea up to the surface and shout for help,” said Deputy Police Inspector Lars Peter Madsen.

Read for instance Horsens Folkeblad, Horsens Posten and Hovedstadens Svømmeklub, via SwimNews.dk

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