At the Budapest 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships, coach Andrea Fuentes saved artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez of the USA team after she fainted and submerged. On Wednesday, June 22, Fuentes dove into the water to save Anita, who had fallen unconscious after finishing her routine and was sinking to the bottom of the pool.
Coach Fuentes, who was wearing casual clothing, had quick thinking and dove in to save the athlete. She grabbed her 25-year-old trainee and surfaced, where the competition assistant was able to help her reach the pool’s edge.
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Warm cheers from the audience in the arena greeted the artistic swimmer as she was then carried on a stretcher to the pool’s medical center, though her family and teammates were obviously still in disbelief. “I jumped into the water again because I saw that no one, no lifeguard was jumping in,” her coach Fuentes said.