Budapest: American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez nearly drowned after losing consciousness in the pool before being rescued by her coach Andrea Fuentes while taking part in the world championships in Budapest yesterday.
Andrea, a four-time Olympic medalist in rhythmic swimming, dove into the pool after noticing that Anita sank to the bottom of the pool as she neared the end of the final solo free routine.
He received immediate treatment by the pool before being taken to a nearby clinic on a stretcher.
Previously, Andrea also rescued Anita in the pool while participating in last year’s Olympic qualifiers after pulling her with the help of fellow swimmer Lindi Schroeder.
“Anita’s condition is improving. It’s a scary moment,” Andrea told Spanish media.
“I jumped back into the pool because I didn’t see anyone, including the rescuers. She was anxious because she wasn’t breathing, but now she is fine. He needs a break.”
According to Andrea, Anita, 25, will be evaluated by a doctor before a decision is made on her participation in tomorrow’s team event.