Incredible photos have captured the terrifying moment a swimmer was rescued after passing out in the pool during the World Championships.
Tragedy was narrowly avoided at the World Championships in Budapest after American Anita Alvarez passed out in the pool during the game and had to be rescued by her coach.
Alvarez performed in the final of the women’s solo free artistic event, but lost consciousness during her routine and sank to the bottom of the pool.
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Her coach Andrea Fuentes dove in and got help to bring Alvarez to the surface, where the 25-year-old received immediate medical attention.
She is reported to be recovering and doing well.
“It was a big shock. I had to jump in because the lifeguards weren’t doing it. I was afraid because I saw that she was not breathing, but now she is very well,” Fuentes told the Spanish publication BRAND†
“Anita is doing much better.”
Incredible underwater photos captured the terrifying episode.
It’s not the first time Alvarez has passed out in the water. At an Olympic qualifier in Barcelona last year, she lost consciousness during her artistic swimming routine.
“Unfortunately, I’ve seen it happen to her before,” Alvarez’ mother Karen told WIVB after that incident in Spain. “Never in competition. I knew right away. As for their last element, I could tell something was up.
“It was definitely hard to watch.”
A fully clothed Fuentes also came to the rescue on that occasion.
The current match in Budapest is Alvarez’s third trip to the World Cup. She finished seventh, while Japan’s Yukiko Inui took gold.
Originally published as Coach dives in to rescue female swimmer who passed out mid-event at World Championships