This is the moment a swimming coach drags American swimmer Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool after she passed out during her routine at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.
Andrea Fuentes claimed lifeguards couldn’t get into the water, so she had to rescue Alvarez herself after sinking to the bottom of the pool in Wednesday night’s solo freestyle final.
In a series of shocking photos from the rescue, the coach rips Alvarez’s limp body off the bottom of the pool, grabs him from behind and drags the swimmer to the surface.
“It was a big scare. I had to intervene because the lifeguards weren’t doing it,” Fuentes told Spanish newspaper Marca.
“I was scared because I saw she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine,” she added.
Alvarez was taken on a stretcher to the poolside medical center, with teammates and fans appearing to be in shock poolside.
Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist, told Spanish radio that Alvarez passed out due to exertion during the routine.
“She only had water in her lungs, once she started breathing again everything was fine,” Fuentes said.
“It was like a whole hour. I said things weren’t right, I was yelling at the lifeguards to get in the water, but they didn’t understand what I said or they didn’t didn’t understand.
“She wasn’t breathing… I went as fast as I could, like it was an Olympic final.”
Fuentes said Alvarez planned to rest on Thursday and still hoped to compete in Friday’s team event after further medical checks.