American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez had to be saved by her coach Andrea Fuentes from drowning while performing at the World Championships in Budapest. The American lost consciousness in the pool during her routine and sunk towards the bottom.
Fuentes acted quickly after realizing the grave situation and dived to rescue her pupil. The American swimming coach pulled Alvarez up to the surface from the pool. After the dramatic rescue of Alvarez from the swimming pool, she was taken quickly to the medical care unit for treatment.
It is the second time that she, as a coach, has had to rescue Alvarez from drowning, having done so once already before the World Championships. She had leapt into the pool during an Olympic qualification event last year and pulled Alvarez to safety.
Alvarez is a core member of the U.S. artistic swimming squad. She competed for Team USA in Rio and Tokyo; in 2021 and was named USA Artistic Swimming’s athlete of the year.