Swimmer’s coach leaps into the pool to save her life after she FAINTED in the water
Unbelievable moment when the swimmer’s coach jumps into the pool to save her life after falling WRONG in the water at the World Championships – and the lifeguards were ‘doing nothing’ during the event
- Anita Alvarez lost consciousness in the final of the women’s free solo event
- She sank to the bottom of the pool before being rescued by her coach
- Alvarez recovered shortly after the rescue and is reportedly recovering well
American swimmer Anita Alvarez is lucky to be alive after she passed out during the World Cup and had to be rescued by her coach in stunning scenes on Thursday.
The synchronized swimmer was competing in the final of the women’s solo event when she fell unconscious and sank to the bottom of the pool in Budapest.
Her coach Andrea Fuentes jumped into the water and dragged her back to safety with the help of an unnamed man.
Alvarez quickly regained consciousness after being rescued from the pool, received immediate first aid and is reportedly making a good recovery.
Anita Alvarez is rescued by her heroic coach Andrea Fuentes after she lost consciousness and sank to the bottom of the pool during the World Championships in Budapest on Thursday
Fuentes said she had to jump in because ‘the lifeguards weren’t doing it’
Another swimmer jumped in to help Fuentes after she surfaced Alvarez’s head
‘It was a big shock. I had to jump in because the lifeguards didn’t do it,” Fuentes said afterwards.
“I was scared because I saw she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s doing really well. Anita is doing much better.’
The US swim team was visibly upset by the horrific incident and was then seen comforting each other by the pool.
It’s not the first time Alvarez has passed out in the pool.
Alvarez (center) regained consciousness shortly after his rescue and is recovering well
It’s not the first time the swimmer has passed out in the pool – she did in Barcelona last year and Fuentes saved her on that occasion too
The US swim team was visibly shocked by the horrific near-accident
Last year, the 25-year-old passed out during an Olympic qualifying event in Barcelona, where she was also rescued by Fuentes.
“Unfortunately, I’ve seen it happen to her before, but never in competition,” Alvarez’s mother Karen said at the time.
‘I knew right away. As for their last element, I could tell something was up. It was certainly hard to watch.’
Alvarez finished seventh in the event, which was won by Japan’s Yukiko Inui.
Most synchronized swimming requires athletes to hold their breath for no more than one minute at a time.