An artistic swimmer nearly lost her life after passing out in the pool following an intense routine at a major event Wednesday … but, thankfully, her coach quickly dove into the water and rescued her.
The terrifying scene went down at the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary … when American Anita Alvarez had just wrapped up a performance in the women’s solo free event and suddenly fainted.
The photos from the pool are horrifying … they show a lifeless Alvarez sinking to the bottom, clearly in danger of drowning.
Fortunately, her coach, Andrea Fuentes, immediately knew something was wrong … and jumped in to save her.
Fuentes grabbed Alvarez, pulled her to the top … and, according to U.S. Artistic Swimming officials, the 25-year-old swimmer is now expected to be OK despite the grim images.
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“Anita has been evaluated by medical staff and will continue to be monitored,” the team said in a statement Thursday morning. “She is already feeling much better and using today to rest.”
Fuentes, meanwhile, spoke about her heroic efforts to BBC on Thursday morning … saying she had to rub Alvarez’s face to get her to release the water she had taken into her lungs after collapsing in the pool.
“I swam as fast as I could and I was fixated to make her breath”