US Athlete saved by coach after she fainted during 2022 World Championships (Photos).
A scary incident occurred at the World championships in Budapest on Wednesday, June 22, when American artistic swimmer, Anita Alvarez, collapsed inside the pool.
Alvarez was on the verge of drowning after fainting inside the pool and had to be rescued by her coach, Andrea Fuentes – a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming.
Without taking a thought, Fuentes dived into the pool after seeing Alvarez sink to the bottom of the pool at the end of her performance.
She carried Alvarez to the top and performed CPR on her before she was given medical attention by paramedics and taken away on a stretcher.
According to reports, this is the second time Alvarez is losing consciousness inside a pool as Fuentes also rescued her during an Olympic qualification event last year.
Speaking on the incident that could have gone worse that it did, Fuentes on Wednesday, June 22, said,
“Anita is much better, she is already at her best. It was a good scare, to be honest.
“I jumped into the water again because I saw that no one, no lifeguard, was jumping in. I got a little scared because she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine. She has to rest.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. Artistic Swimming Instagram page has released a statement confirming that the 25-year-old athlete is better now.
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