Coach of the USA artistic and synchronized swimming team Andrea Fuentes dove into the pool on Wednesday to save one of her swimmers who had sunk after fainting during the world championships in Budapest. Anita Alvarez was not breathing after her performance in the free solo synchronized swimming final, and sank to the bottom of the pool.
” We were very scared. I had to jump because the lifeguards weren’t doing it,” Fuentes told Spanish newspaper Marca.
Fuentes, wearing shorts and a T-shirt, dived to the bottom of the pool and pulled Alvarez up to the surface before receiving help to carry the distressed swimmer to the edge of the pool.
“I was scared because I saw that she was not breathing, but now she is fine,” reassured Fuentes.
A stretcher carried Alvarez to the poolside medical center, leaving teammates and spectators in shock.
Alvarez has planned to rest on Thursday and still hopes to compete in the team event on Friday after medicals. She is participating in her third world championships. Anita Alvarez had already lost consciousness several times during the qualifying events at the Olympic Games last year in Tokyo.