After fainting in Budapest’s swimming competition, Anita Alvarez, an American swimmer was saved by her coach.
Alvarez, 25, was a member the USA Artistic Swimming team and fainted at the end of her routine. CBS News reported..
Coach Andrea Fuentes then jumped in fully clothed and was caught on underwater cameras as Fuentes was motionless near the bottom of the pool.
After diving in, the coach was able pull the Olympian up to the surface.
“It was her best performance ever, she just pushed through her limits and she found them,”Fuentes posted the incident on social media.
Fuentes said that “Anita is ok and the doctors also said she is fine. We all know it happens in other sports: cycling, marathon, track and field… some don’t make it to the final line and some even finish crawling or passing out. Our sport is very hard too.”
Another member of the medical staff also jumped in to assist in the rescue.
Alvarez was immediately given medical attention and was feeling much better as of Thursday, USA Today reported.
“Anita has been evaluated by medical staff and will continue to be monitored. She is feeling much better and using today to rest,”USA Artistic Swimming released a statement to The Associated Press.
“Watching yesterday’s medical emergency of 2x Olympian Anita Alvarez and subsequent rescue by coach Andrea Fuentes was heartbreaking for our community. She gave an exceptional solo performance and competed brilliantly in four preliminary and three final competitions across six days.”
Fuentes stated that she jumped in because the lifeguards didn’t respond quickly enough.
“When a swimmer finishes their routine, the first thing they want to do is breathe and so I saw that instead of going up, she was going down and I told myself, ‘Something is going on,'”She spoke.
This was Alvarez’s third World Championships and has passed out in competition before, last year, she suffered a similar reaction during an Olympic qualifier in Barcelona, according to the New York Post.