Anita Alvarez, an American artistic swimmer, lost consciousness while performing her solo routine in Budapest. She was “fine” afterward, her coach said.
As the American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez sank slowly to the bottom of the pool at the world championships in Budapest on Wednesday, her coach Andrea Fuentes quickly scanned the pool deck and made a split-second decision: She dove in to save her.
Alvarez, a 25-year-old from upstate New York, had lost consciousness at the end of her solo routine at the event, creating a potentially life-threatening situation as her motionless body drifted below the surface.
“I jumped into the water again because I saw that no one, no lifeguard,
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