At the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, American swimmer Anita Alvarez lost consciousness
and had to be pulled from the bottom of the pool by her coach. After seeing the 25-year-old artistic
swimmer slump to the bottom at the conclusion of her routine in the women's solo free event
on Wednesday, coach Andrea Fuentes jumped into the water. Alvarez was raised to the surface by Fuentes, a four-time
synchronized swimming Olympian, who then assisted in bringing her to the pool's edge. Alvarez, who participated
in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games, received medical care close to the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.
It was Alvarez's second time needing to be rescued by Fuentes. In the statement, Fuentes said,
"Anita is okay — the physicians examined all vital signs, and everything is normal."