The 2014 European swimming championships began Wednesday with a frightening moment as officials scurried to pull an unconscious athlete from the water.
Natalia Charlos of Poland apparently over-exerted herself during the 10-kilometer open-water event. Officials and spectators noticed that the 21-year-old was in distress.
Photographs show a lifeguard helping the obviously ailing Charlos toward shore. She was taken to a nearby hospital.
"Upon arrival she was unresponsive," a German team official told Spiegel online. "She's probably overworked herself. Now she is again stable so far, she is approachable and has also recognized me."