The scene could have been dramatic if the coach of the American team Andrea Fuentes had not rushed to the bottom of the pool to rescue her swimmer, victim of an illness.
The images are worthy of a film. However, they are taken from reality and show the rescue of a swimmer by her coach at the world swimming championships in Budapest.
The swimmer in question, the American Anita Alvarez had felt unwell after her performance in the free solo synchronized swimming final. A discomfort that occurred while she was still in the water, which resulted in her sinking to the bottom of the pool, without anyone really noticing.
The secuencia completa de \ud83c\uddea\ud83c\uddf8 Andrea Fuentes rescatando a \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 Anita Álvarez
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The outcome could have been dramatic if the coach of the American team Andrea Fuentes had not reacted immediately and dived fully clothed into the water to rescue Anita by bringing her to the surface. “We were very scared. I had to jump because the lifeguards didn’t”she explained to the Spanish newspaper Marca.
The scene was miraculously captured by a photographer. Anita Alvarez was evacuated by the organization’s medical team and the news on her state of health was reassuring. The discomfort would have been caused by the effort made during his performance explained Andrea Fuentes.