“I said things weren’t right, I was shouting at the lifeguards to get into the water, but they didn’t catch what I said or they didn’t understand,” Fuentes said, per the outlet. “I went as quickly as I could, as if it were an Olympic final.”
“Anita is okay — the doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… all is okay. We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country… we all have seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them to get there,” she wrote in the caption alongside a picture of Alvarez.
“Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them. Anita feels good now and the doctors also say she is okay,” she continued, adding that Alvarez will discuss with the doctors if she can continue to compete in an upcoming team event.
According to the BBC, this is not the first time Alvarez has fainted in the pool while competing. She lost consciousness following a routine during an Olympic qualifier in Barcelona last year and was also saved by Fuentes at the time, per the outlet.