US swimmer rescued by coach after fainting in pool throughout world championships

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A coach simply saved a swimmer’s life after she fainted within the water throughout a contest. 

Anita Alvarez, 25, an Olympic inventive swimmer, was in the midst of her routine on the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, when she misplaced consciousness and commenced sinking to the underside of the pool.

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When Anita Alvarez (left) sank to the underside of the pool, her coach, Andrea Fuentes, jumped into the pool to drag her up.Oli Scarff / AFP by way of Getty Images
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Fuentes pulled Alvarez as much as the floor.Oli Scarff / AFP by way of Getty Images

Her Team USA swimming coach, Andrea Fuentes, realized one thing was fallacious, and he or she dove into the pool absolutely clothed to rescue Alvarez. 

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Fuentes and one other particular person rescued Alvarez from the underside of the pool.Peter Kohalmi / AFP – Getty Images

The dramatic rescue was captured on digital camera, with underwater images displaying Alvarez drifting to the underside of the pool and Fuentes, and later one other particular person, pulling her as much as the floor.

Alvarez was positioned on a stretcher and attended to by medical workers.

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Alvarez was pulled onto a stretcher whereas nonetheless within the water.Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images
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Alvarez seemed to be unconscious when she was lifted from the pool.Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images

Fuentes, a former Olympian herself, later shared an replace on Alvarez’s situation on the US Artistic Swimming Instagram web page.

“Anita is okay — the doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… all is okay,” she wrote. 

“We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports,” she added. “Marathon, cycling, cross country… we all have seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them to get there.

“Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them,” she said.

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Alvarez performing her solo free final routine before she lost consciousness.Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images

Fuentes also said Alvarez “feels good now” and is resting all day Thursday within the hopes of regaining her power for the crew finals. 

This isn’t the primary time Alvarez has misplaced consciousness throughout a contest. She additionally fainted briefly in the water during an Olympic qualifying event in Barcelona last year, when she was additionally rescued by Fuentes.




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