Coach Andrea Fuentes is being hailed after saving the life of USA swimmer Anita Alvarez after she fainted in a pool during the artistic swimming world championship. Photos of the incident have been shared on the internet and it took the intelligent and brave efforts of Fuentes to save swimmer Anita. Kudos to her!
TPS has details;
A frightening scene unfolded during the 2022 FINA World Championships in Athens, Greece, as Team USA swimmer Anita Alvarez fainted near the end of her solo routine in the artistic swimming final, causing her lifeless body to sink to the bottom of the pool.
Things quickly escalated as lifeguards at the event failed to act in a timely manner. With time running out and Alvarez in need of help, her coach, Andrea Fuentes, jumped into the pool to save the day.
Photos from the event captured Fuentes jumping into the deep pool with her clothing on, swimming anxiously to the bottom, and retrieving Alvarez’s body.
The two women eventually made it to the surface and were assisted by another swimmer, who helped get Alvarez to safety.
Andrea Fuentes granted an interview to MARCA and this is what she had to say;
“I had to jump in because the lifeguards weren’t doing it,” she told the outlet. “I was scared because I saw she wasn’t breathing, but now she is doing very well.”
”The doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure… All is okay.”
What in the hell were the lifeguards doing? They were probably messing around on their phones they all need to be fired. She could have died because of their incompetence. Thank goodness her coach was keeping a close eye on her and what was going on. She saved a tragedy from happening.
She is debating on continuing to compete in the competition.
Flip to the next page to see video and photos of the incident…