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[PHOTOS] A swimmer passes out and is saved from drowning by her trainer


BUDAPEST | The coach of the USA artistic and synchronized swimming team dove into the pool on Wednesday to save one of her sinking swimmers after she passed out 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. Andrea Fuentes then jumped into the water to rescue her.


[PHOTOS] A swimmer passes out and is saved from drowning by her trainer

“We were very scared. I had to jump because the rescuers didn’t,” Fuentes told the Spanish newspaper. brand.


[PHOTOS] A swimmer passes out and is saved from drowning by her trainer

Fuentes, wearing shorts and a T-shirt, descended to the bottom of the pool and lifted Alvarez to the surface before receiving help to carry the distressed swimmer to the edge of the pool.


[PHOTOS] A swimmer passes out and is saved from drowning by her trainer

“I was scared because I saw that she was not breathing, but now she is fine,” reassured Fuentes.


[PHOTOS] A swimmer passes out and is saved from drowning by her trainer

A stretcher carried Alvarez to the poolside medical center, leaving teammates and spectators in shock.


[PHOTOS] A swimmer passes out and is saved from drowning by her trainer

The US swim team released a reassuring statement about Alvarez’s health.


[PHOTOS] A swimmer passes out and is saved from drowning by her trainer

Quadruple Olympic medalist, Fuentes explained to a Spanish radio that her swimmer had become unwell due to the effort exerted during her performance.


[PHOTOS] A swimmer passes out and is saved from drowning by her trainer

“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 (…) I went as fast as I could, as if it were for an Olympic final,” she also said.


[PHOTOS] A swimmer passes out and is saved from drowning by her trainer

According to his coach, Alvarez planned to rest Thursday and still hoped to compete in the team event on Friday after medicals.

At 25, Alvarez is participating 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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