Coach jumps into pool to save swimmer's life after she fainted

A swimmer was rescued from drowning after her coach bravely saved her life.

Team USA swimmer Anita Alvarez had fainted during an artistic swimming solo free final at a tournament in Budapest.

She sank to the bottom of the pool as spectators watched on in horror.

Alvarez’s coach, Andrew Fuentes, jumped into the water to save the 25-year-old, beating lifeguards to the scene.

She managed to quickly reach the swimmer and bring her to the surface.

There, with the help of a competition assistant, she was safely brought to the edge of the pool.

Her coach, Fuentes, spoke to Spanish radio about the dramatic incident and said the ordeal ‘felt like an hour.’

She said: ‘She only had water in her lungs, once she started breathing again everything was ok. She’s said she wants to swim in the final.


‘It felt like a whole hour. I said things weren’t right, I was shouting at the life guards to get into the water, but they didn’t catch what I said or they didn’t understand.

‘She wasn’t breathing and had a really high pulse rate; I went [to her] as quickly as I could, as if it were an Olympic final.’

When Alvarez was taken out the water her jaw was locked in place, the coach added.

She was moved to her side to help her breath and then carried away from the pool on a stretcher.

Fuentes added: ‘She fainted from the effort. Today we’ve seen where the limit is; this is what being an athlete is, we want to see where the limit of the human body is, and she’s someone who likes to take it to the limit.’

Alvarez had been competing in the 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships when the incident took place.

She lost consciousness after completing her routine.

Last year, she fainted during an Olympics qualifying event in Barcelona, where she was also rescued by her coach.

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