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A 25-year-old artistic swimmer from the United States was rescued by her coach from the bottom of the pool after fainting.

The incident took place at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest when Anita Alvarez participated in the final event.

When her coach, Andrea Fuentes realised that Alvarez was sinking to the bottom, she jumped in and swam as fast as she could, saving her life.

This is not the first time that the swimmer has fainted in the pool. During her routine at an Olympic qualifier in Barcelona last year, Alvarez was also saved by her coach.

Following the incident in Budapest, the swimmer was taken away on a stretcher.

The US swim team said in a statement that Alvarez “feels good now”.

“Anita is OK – the doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal – (her) heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure etc. All is OK,” said her coach.

She ended up in seventh place in the finals. It was her solo entry. Alvarez also forms part of the United States team competition. Whether she will compete is still up for debate.

“Anita feels good now and the doctors also say she is OK. Tomorrow she will rest all day and will decide with the doctor if she can swim team finals or not,” said Fuentes.

Image credit: Sky News

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