Anita Alvarez: Coach rescues an unconscious swimmer in the pool at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest

American swimmer Anita Alvarez was “not breathing” as she was rescued from the bottom of the pool after passing out at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

The 25-year-old athlete collapsed after completing her solo free skate on Wednesday.

Alvarez’s coach Andrea Fuentes reacted to the drama by diving fully clothed to pull the swimmer to safety.

“It was a big fear,” four-time Olympic medalist Fuentes told the Spanish newspaper Marca.

“I got scared because I saw that she was not breathing, but now she feels very well.

“She only had water in her lungs, once she started breathing again she was fine.”

And, speaking on Spanish radio, she said: “It seemed to me that an hour had passed. I said that something was wrong, I yelled at the rescuers to get into the water, but they did not understand what I said, or did not understand. understand.

“She wasn’t breathing. I drove as fast as I could, as if it were an Olympic final.”

Alvarez received medical treatment by the pool before being carried away on a stretcher.

In a statement on the US Artistic Swim Instagram page, Fuentes said Alvarez will be seen by doctors on Thursday before a decision is made on her participation in Friday’s team event.

Fuentes said: “Anita is fine – the doctors checked all the vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc. … everything is fine.

“Sometimes we forget that this happens in other endurance sports as well.

“Marathons, cycling, cross-country running… we have all seen footage of some athletes not reaching the finish line while others help them get there.

“Our sport is no different, it’s just that in the pool we overcome limitations and sometimes we find them.

“Now Anita feels good, the doctors also say that she is fine.

“Tomorrow she will rest all day and together with the doctor will decide whether she can swim the free team competition or not. Thank you for all your good wishes for Anita.”

Alvarez, who finished seventh in the final, had previously passed out during a regular Olympic qualifier in Barcelona last year.

Fuentes also saved her on this occasion.