Swimmer trainer jumps into the pool to save her life after she passed out in the water

Incredible moment US swimmer coach jumps into pool to save her life after she passes out in water at world championships in Budapest – while lifeguards ‘do nothing’

  • Anita Alvarez lost consciousness in the final of the women’s free solo event at the championship in Budapest
  • She sank to the bottom of the pool before being rescued by her trainer Andrea Fuentes, who jumped
  • Alvarez, who passed out in the pool at an event last year, is back and is recovering well.

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American swimmer Anita Alvarez is lucky to be alive after collapsing while competing in the World Championships and had to be rescued by her coach in stunning scenes on Wednesday.

The synchronized swimmer was competing in the final of the women’s freestyle event when she fell unconscious and fell to the bottom of the pool in Budapest.

Her trainer Andrea Fuentes jumped into the water and dragged her back to safety with the help of an unidentified man.

Alvarez regained consciousness shortly after being rescued from the pool, received immediate first aid and is recovering well.

Anita Alvarez is rescued by her heroic coach Andrea Fuentes after losing consciousness and sinking to the bottom of the pool at the World Championships in Budapest on Thursday

Fuentes said he had to jump because 'the lifeguards weren't doing it'

Fuentes said he had to jump because ‘the lifeguards weren’t doing it’

Another swimmer jumped in to help Fuentes after she put Alvarez's head above the water.

Another swimmer jumped in to help Fuentes after she put Alvarez’s head above the water.

Fuentes (left) released a statement saying that Alvarez (right) has recovered so well that he could compete in another event on Saturday.

Fuentes (left) released a statement saying that Alvarez (right) has recovered so well that he could compete in another event on Saturday.

‘It was a big scare. I had to jump in because the lifeguards weren’t doing that,” Fuentes said later.

“I was scared because I saw that she wasn’t breathing, but now she is very well. Anita is much better.

The American swim team was visibly distressed by the horrific incident and were seen comforting each other in the pool afterwards.

Fuentes summed up the situation by posting a statement on Instagram.

“Anita is fine – doctors have checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc…all is fine,” she wrote.

Alvarez (centre) regained consciousness shortly after being rescued and is recovering well

Alvarez (centre) regained consciousness shortly after being rescued and is recovering well

It's not the first time the swimmer has fainted in the pool - she did it in Barcelona last year, and Fuentes also saved her on that occasion.

It’s not the first time the swimmer has fainted in the pool – she did it in Barcelona last year, and Fuentes also saved her on that occasion.

The US swim team was visibly shaken by the horrific near miss

The US swim team was visibly shaken by the horrific near miss

“We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country… we’ve all seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them get there.

“Our sport is no different from others, just in a pool, we overcome the limits and sometimes we meet them.

‘Anita feels fine now and the doctors also say she is fine. Tomorrow she will rest all day and decide with the doctor whether or not she can swim in the free team final.’

It’s not the first time Alvarez has passed out in the pool.

Fuentes also saved Alvarez when she passed out during an event in Barcelona in 2021 (pictured)

Fuentes also saved Alvarez when she collapsed during an event in Barcelona in 2021 (pictured)

Last year, the 25-year-old collapsed during a qualifying event for the Barcelona Olympics, where she was also rescued by Fuentes.

“Unfortunately I’ve seen this happen to her before – but never in a competition,” Alvarez’s mother Karen said at the time.

‘I knew right away. In its last element, I could tell something was up. It was definitely hard to watch.

Alvarez finished seventh in the event, which was won by Japan’s Yukiko Inui.

Most synchronized swimming routines require athletes to hold their breath for no more than a minute at a time.

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