USA swimmer’s coach rescues her from pool after sinking into a faint at world championships | ITV News

A US artistic swimmer was theatrically saved from the bottom of the pool by her coach when she swooned after her solo routine at the World Aquatics Championships.

Anita Álvarez, 25, had just finished her solo free final at the championships in Budapest on Wednesday when she collapsed and sank to the bottom of the pool.

Her coach, Andrea Fuentes, soon realised something was mistaken and dived entirely clothed into the pool to rescue Álvarez and pull her up to the surface.

The swimmer, who is contesting at her 3rd world championships, had stopped breathing when Fuentes and another helper dragged her by the pool.

Fans and teammates were emotional as she was taken away on a stretcher to the medical centre – but Team USA later issued a declaration stating she was “ok”.

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