The coach of the USA artistic and synchronized swimming team dove into the pool on Wednesday to save one of his sinking swimmers after she passed out during the World Championships in Budapest.Anita Alvarez was not breathing after her performance during the free solo synchronized swimming final, and sank to the bottom of the pool. Andrea Fuentes then jumped into the water to rescue her. “We were very scared. I had to jump because the lifeguards didn’t,” Fuentes told Spanish newspaper Marca. Fuentes, dressed in shorts and a T-shirt, descended to the bottom of the pool and pulled Alvarez up to surface before receiving assistance to carry the distressed swimmer to the edge of the pool. “I was scared because I saw she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine,” Fuentes reassured. A stretcher took Alvarez to the poolside medical center, leaving teammates and spectators in shock. The US swim team released a reassuring statement about Alvarez’s health. The swimmer fainted during her race. (Peter Kohalmi / AFP) AFP or licensorsQuadruple Olympic medalist Fuentes told Spanish radio that his swimmer felt unwell due to the exertion during her performance. “She only had water in her lungs, once she started breathing again, everything was fine,” she added. “I felt like it lasted a whole hour. I said things were wrong, I shouted to the rescuers to get in the water, but they didn’t hear what I said or they didn’t understand”. “She wasn’t breathing” “She wasn’t breathing (…) I went as fast as I could, as if it were for an Olympic final,” she also said. According to her coach, Alvarez planned to to rest on Thursday and still hoped to compete in the team event on Friday, after medicals. At 25, Alvarez is competing in his third World Championships. She had already lost consciousness several times during the qualifying rounds at the Olympic Games last year in Barcelona.
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