Swimmer's coach leaps into pool to save her after she FAINTS in water at world championships Full story: trib.al/u80QPzw

Jun 23, 2022 · 8:09 AM UTC

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A US swimmer is lucky to be alive after she fainted while competing at the World Championships and sank to the bottom of the pool in Budapest + Her coach leapt into the water and dragged her back to safety while lifeguards watched on
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Synchronised swimmer Anita Alvarez's coach Andrea Fuentes said she had to leap in because 'the lifeguards weren't doing it' + Amazingly, it is the second time Alvarez has fainted in a pool mid-competition, with Fuentes again coming to her aid
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Another member of Team USA also jumped into the water to help Fuentes drag Alvarez to the surface
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Alvarez regained consciousness soon after being rescued from the pool, received immediate first aid and is reportedly recovering well
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🗨️ 'It was a big scare. I had to jump in because the lifeguards weren't doing it,' Fuentes said afterwards 🗨️ 'I was scared because I saw she wasn't breathing, but now she is doing very well. Anita is doing much better'
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Alvarez is seen moments before fainting as she competed in the Women Solo Free Final at the Budapest World Championships
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Alvarez initially appeared well as she performed her routine but the problems started when she went underwater
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It is not known what caused Alvarez to faint but synchronised swimmers often have to hold their breath for a long time underwater
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Fuentes summed up the situation by posting a statement on Instagram 🗨️ 'Anita is okay - the doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc... all is okay,' she wrote
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🗨️ 'We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country... we have all seen images where some athletes don't make it to the finish line and others help them to get there' 🗨️ 'We push through limits and sometimes we find them'
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