If you want to ride a unicorn, be sure to have an Olympic champion at hand
Filippo Magnini, an Italian Olympic swimmer, was having a good time on the beach with his girlfriend Giorgia Palmas,
(I mean, how can u not have a good time with such a gorgeous babe)
when they heard a cry for help. It was the husband of the drowning man who was screaming outloud.
That scream was also heard by lifeguards, who raced to set off in their rescue raft. But 37-year-old Magnini, 1.88m (6ft 2in) tall, was closer and quickly reached the struggling man.
Mr. Benedetto is a 45-year-old-man, who married his boyfriend just two days ago in Cagliari before the whole thing happened. They were floating on an inflatable unicorn when suddenly a strong gust of wind brushed Mr.Benedetto like a feather from the unicorn into the water, which was colder than expected, and he was unable to move his limbs due to a medical condition.
“The bather was in a lot of trouble: he was quite frightened, he was really stuck and had swallowed some seawater,” Magnini said, quoted by Italy’s Corriere Dello Sport.
“When I reached him he wasn’t even able to speak, and it wasn’t easy to lift him on to the raft, so we laid him on an airbed that some other bathers had nearby.”
Magnini kept Mr. Benedetto’s head above water until lifeguards arrived.
“I just did what I had to,” the retired sportsman said later.
Soon after that, Mr. Benedetto was taken to the hospital.”When I became conscious my first thought was about my husband,” he said.
“A few hours after the accident I was at the hospital when I realized that Filippo Magnini was the man who saved my life but I didn’t have any chance to thank him as I have no contact with him. I hope to be able to thank him in person.”
Magnini was in Italy’s 4x200m freestyle relay team which won bronze in the 2004 Athens Olympics.
He was also a world champion in the 100m freestyle in 2005 and retained that title in 2007 when he tied with Canadian Brent Hayden for gold.