Photos: Dramatic footage shows US coach saving swimmer at world championships

As American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was performing her solo free routine Wednesday in competition at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, her coach realized something was wrong: Alvarez had sunk to the bottom of the pool.

Andrea Fuentes immediately dove, pulling Alvarez to the surface, where the two were helped by someone else, according to published reports.

Álvarez had fainted.

USA coach Andrea Fuentes, right, rescues USA's Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool

US coach Andrea Fuentes, right, prepares to pull Anita Alvarez out of the pool after the swimmer collapsed.

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In dramatic footage captured by Agence France-Presse, Fuentes can be seen underwater reaching for Alvarez, who was floating arms down near the bottom of the pool.

The footage shows Fuentes kicking towards the surface with Alvarez, clearly unconscious, in tow. Upon emerging, they were rescued by an unidentified man.

“Anita has been evaluated by the medical staff and will continue to be monitored,” USA Artistic Swimming said in a statement posted Thursday on Instagram. “She is feeling much better and taking advantage of today to rest.”

USA coach Andrea Fuentes, right, retrieves American Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool

Coach Andrea Fuentes, right, and an unidentified man assist Alvarez as he emerges.

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USA coach Andrea Fuentes, left, retrieves American Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool

Coach Fuentes, left, assists Alvarez.

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US team members react when Anita Alvarez is seen by medical staff

US team members react as medical workers treat Anita Alvarez.

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Anita Alvarez, from the USA team, is attended to by the medical team after her performance in the women's free solo final

Medical workers help Anita Alvarez.

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Anita Alvarez of the United States competes before collapsing during the artistic swimming solo free final

Anita Alvarez before collapsing during competition.

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American Anita Alvarez competes during the artistic swimming solo free final at the 19th FINA World Championships

Alvarez competes at the start of the competition.

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