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Photos: Dramatic images show U.S. coach saving swimmer at world championships

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

Andrea Fuentes immediately dived in, pulling Alvarez to the surface, where the two were helped out by another person, according to published reports.

Alvarez had fainted.

USA’s coach Andrea Fuentes, right, rescues USA’s Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool during an incident in the women’s solo free artistic swimming finals, at the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships.

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

Images show Fuentes kicking toward the surface with Alvarez — who was clearly unconscious — in tow. Topside, they were helped by an unidentified man.

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

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

USA coach Andrea Fuentes, right, recovers USA’s Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool during the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

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USA coach Andrea Fuentes, left, recovers USA's Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool

USA coach Andrea Fuentes, left, recovers USA’s Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool during an incident in the women’s solo free artistic swimming finals, during the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships at the Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex in Budapest.

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Members of Team United States react as Anita Alvarez is attended to by medical staff

Members of Team United States react as Anita Alvarez is attended to by medical staff following her Women’s Solo Free Final performance.

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Anita Alvarez of Team United States is attended to by medical staff following her Women's Solo Free Final performance

Anita Alvarez of Team United States is attended to by medical staff following her Women’s Solo Free Final performance on day six of the Budapest 2022 FINA World Championships.

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

Anita Alvarez of United States competes before collapsing during the solo free final of the artistic swimming at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

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USA's Anita Alvarez competes during the solo free final of the artistic swimming at the 19th FINA World Championships

USA’s Anita Alvarez competes during the solo free final of the artistic swimming at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

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