USA Swimmer Faints Underwater At World Championships. Her Coach Dives In To Rescue Her.

USA Swimmer Faints Underwater At World Championships. Her Coach Dives In To Rescue Her.


The head coach for the USA Artistic Swimming National Team saved the life of a American swimmer by diving in the pool at the World Championships in Budapest.

Andrea Fuentes, 39, a former four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming for Spain, dove in the pool after realizing artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez, 25, had fainted underwater and was  sinking to the bottom of the pool.

“It was a big scare. I had to jump in because the lifeguards weren’t doing it,” Fuentes said later.

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Alvarez was competing in the final of the women’s solo free event; Fuentes and a male lifeguard dragged her out of the pool after she had fallen unconscious.

As the American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez fainted and sank toward the bottom of the pool at the

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