Legendary Armenian fin swimmer Karapetyan to get film treatment in Russia

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shavarsh-karapetyanRead PanArmenian.net

The bio, to be named “20 Lives” will chronicle the act of heroism of the swimmer who single-handedly saved 20 people out of a drowning bus. Logos Studio will be in charge of the production, RIA Novosti reported.

Back story for instance here

One cold morning on September 16th, 1976 he was doing his usual run along the dam in Erevan (Armenia), when a large trolleybus carrying 92 passengers lost control and flew off the road into the freezing water. During the impact, most of the passengers fell unconscious – the bus sank approximately 10 meters deep. Without a second of hesitation, Shavarsh leaped into the freezing water to rescue people.

Diving to the depth of 10 meters, Shavarsh used his feet to break the back window of the trolleybus. One by one, he saved 20 peoples’ lives (he actually pulled out more then 20, but not everyone made it). He spent nearly 20 minutes in the frigid water and accomplished 30 dives down to the wreck of the bus. […]

http://youtu.be/0ohBwjZq8uM

After his 30th dive, Shavarsh lost consciousness. This courageous act has cost him dearly; he incurred heavy 2-sided pneumonia and blood contamination from the polluted water. Doctors were unsure if Shavarsh would ever recover. His life was hanging on by a thread while he stayed unconscious for 46 days. He finally recovered, but was never able to compete again. Today’s experts agree that no one but Shavarsh could have done what he has done.

Some might remember him from this unfortunate incident with the Olympic flame

http://youtu.be/OBIIWRBoS9M

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