'Big Scare': US Swimmer Faints in the Water at World Championships, Coach Saves Her Life
The swimmer entered the pool to perform her synchronized choreographed routine but blacked out before sinking to the bottom of the pool.
Alvarez was administered the first aid at the site of the incident before being shifted to the pool's medical center on a stretcher.
A scary moment occurred Wednesday at the 2022 FINA World Championships, as Team USA swimmer Anita Alvarez fainted during the solo free final. Alvarez sank to the bottom of the pool before her coach, Andrea Fuentes, jumped in to rescue her. https://t.co/hAdyRR8kNi @mconceptionz pic.twitter.com/84x0Gu09yD— Costas Mandas (@c_mandas) June 22, 2022
"It was a big scare. I had to jump in because the lifeguards weren't doing it," Fuentes told the Spanish newspaper Marca.
"I was scared because I saw she wasn't breathing, but now she is doing very well," the American coach added.