They save from drowning a swimmer who fainted in full competition

American artistic swimmer Anita Álvarez was rescued from the bottom of the pool by her coach after fainting at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

According to her coach, Andrea Fuentes, the 25-year-old athlete was not breathing and sank after completing the women’s solo free artistic swimming final on Wednesday.

Seeing what was happening, Fuentes waded into the water and lifted Alvarez to the surface before she was taken away on a stretcher.

The US swim team released a statement shortly afterward in which Fuentes said Álvarez “feels fine now.”

Last year, Álvarez fainted after a test at an Olympic qualifier in Barcelona. Fuentes also rescued her on that occasion.

“She wasn’t breathing. I got in as fast as I could, as if it were an Olympic final,” Fuentes said.

Source: BBC News and Page 12

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