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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lifeguard Rescues Gorbachev

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was saved by a Costa Rican lifeguard after he swam too far out in the Caribbean sea, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Moskovsky Komsomolets reported that Gorbachev, 69, "was not a bad swimmer, but this time he overestimated his strength and swam too far out."

His daughter Irina and granddaughter Anastasia called for help and "a modest Costa Rican dragged one of the most famous political actors in the world out of the water," the newspaper said.

The report said he was fine and had only a bruise on his knee. The Moscow-based Gorbachev Fund could not immediately be contacted for comments.

The newspaper said Gorbachev, who took over as Soviet leader in 1985 and left the Kremlin in 1991, was in Costa Rica to give a lecture.