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

As American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez performed her solo free skate on Wednesday competing 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, pulling Alvarez to the surface, where the two were assisted by another person, according to published reports.

Alvarez had passed out.

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

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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 box with the clearly unconscious Alvarez in tow. Returning to the surface, they were helped by an unidentified man.

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

USA coach Andrea Fuentes, right, picks up USA Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool

Coach Andrea Fuentes, right, and an unidentified man help Alvarez surface.

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USA coach Andrea Fuentes, left, picks up USA Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool

Coach Fuentes, left, assists Alvarez.

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Team USA members react as Anita Alvarez is cared for by medical personnel

Team USA members react as medical personnel treat Anita Alvarez.

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Anita Alvarez of Team USA is cared for by medical personnel following her performance in the Women's Solo Freestyle Final

Medical workers assist Anita Alvarez.

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Anita Alvarez of the United States competes before collapsing in the Artistic Swimming Solo Freestyle Final

Anita Alvarez before collapsing during competition.

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USA's Anita Alvarez competes in the Artistic Swimming Solo Free Final at the 19th FINA World Championships

Alvarez enters the competition earlier.

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