Coach suffers heart attack after rescuing swimmer


Northview High School dive team coach Kurt Mirandette is expected to make a full recovery from a heart attack suffered shortly after helping anunresponsive young swimmer who was pulled from a pool during a state swim meet, school administrators say.

Mirandette was to be released Monday, March 16 from Holland Hospital after undergoing a surgery to insert stents, Northview Athletic Director Jerry Klekotka said.

The dive team coach was one of several people to help with the resuscitation of Nolan Gutenschwager, a student at Wyandotte Roosevelt High School, who was pulled from a Holland Aquatic Center pool on Friday, March 13.

Gutenschwager remained in critical condition at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Monday, a spokesperson said, but Klekotka had spoken with the Wyandotte athletic director and was told the student was expected to recover.

The News Herald in Southgate has reported Gutenschwager suffered a seizure during warmups and passed out while underwater.

He was pulled out and a lifeguard and several others, including Mirandette, came to his aid, Klekotka said.

Gutenschwager was breathing and responsive as he was transported from the aquatic center for further medical treatment.

“In the end, I think Kurt helped save that man’s life,” Klekotka said.

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