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FINA reveal rules STOPPED lifeguards from assisting rescue of fainted synchronised swimmer

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) have reportedly launched a review of their rules and regulations after it was revealed that lifeguards were prevented from being able to immediately assist a US synchronised swimmer after she had passed out. 

Anita Alvarez had fainted after completing her routine at the World Championships in Budapest, falling unconscious and sinking to the bottom of the pool.

Only the quick intervention of her coach Andrea Fuentes saved her as she was first on the scene to dive in as motionless lifeguards failed to react.

Fuentes claimed she had motioned to the lifeguards to help but claims they did not see her.  

However, it has been revealed that the lifeguards’ slow reaction times were due to them being unable to dive into the pool until they had been…


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