AMERICAN synchronized swimmer Anita Alvarez was saved by her heroic coach after FAINTING in the water at the World Championships on Wednesday. Alvarez, 25, was competing in the final of the women's solo free event in Budapest when she came within seconds of death.
The US star was midway through her routine when she lost consciousness. Alvarez began to sink to the bottom of the pool before her coach, Andrea Fuentes, saved her life. Fuentes threw herself into the pool, swam to the floor, grabbed Alvarez and dragged her to safety with the help of another shocked onlooker.
The swimmer quickly regained consciousness and received immediate medical attention and is now on the mend.