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US coach makes dramatic rescue of artistic swimmer at worlds

BY The Canadian Press, Jun 24, 2022 12:48 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

Andrea Fuentes prevented a tragedy at the swimming world championships with her quick reaction. (Photo - USA Artistic Swimming/Twitter)

Andrea Fuentes prevented a tragedy at the swimming world championships with her quick reaction.

The United States coach knew something was wrong when she saw artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez sink motionless to the bottom of the pool during a solo free routine on Wednesday.

The fully clothed Fuentes dived in. She swam to the unresponsive Alvarez, put her arms around her, and lifted her to the water's surface.

Another person helped get her out of the pool. Alvarez is a two-time Olympian.

She had fainted.

USA Artistic Swimming says she is feeling much better.

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