Photos: Dramatic footage shows US coach saving swimmer at world championships
As American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez performed her solo free skate on Wednesday competing at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, her coach noticed something was wrong: Alvarez had sunk to the bottom of the pool.
Andrea Fuentes immediately dived, pulling Alvarez to the surface, where the two were assisted by another person, according to published reports.
Alvarez had passed out.
In dramatic footage captured by Agence France-Presse, Fuentes can be seen underwater reaching for Alvarez, who was floating arms down near the bottom of the pool.
The footage shows Fuentes kicking towards the box with the clearly unconscious Alvarez in tow. Returning to the surface, they were helped by an unidentified man.
“Anita has been evaluated by medical personnel and will continue to be monitored,” USA Artistic Swimming said in a statement posted to Instagram Thursday. “She feels much better and is taking advantage of today to rest.”