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

Anita Alvarez, left, is rescued from the bottom of the pool
Anita Alvarez, left, is rescued from the bottom of the pool by U.S. coach Andrea Fuentes during the women’s solo free artistic swimming finals at the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships.
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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
U.S. coach Andrea Fuentes, right, prepares to pull Anita Alvarez from the pool after the swimmer had fainted.
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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.

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Images show Fuentes kicking toward the surface with Alvarez, clearly unconscious, in tow. Upon surfacing, 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
Coach Andrea Fuentes, right, and an unidentified man assist Alvarez upon surfacing.
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USA coach Andrea Fuentes, left, recovers USA's Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool
Coach Fuentes, left, assists Alvarez.
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Members of Team United States react as Anita Alvarez is attended to by medical staff
U.S. team members react as medical staffers treat Anita Alvarez.
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Anita Alvarez of Team United States is attended to by medical staff following her Women's Solo Free Final performance
Medical workers assist Anita Alvarez.
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Anita Alvarez of United States competes before collapsing during the solo free final of the artistic swimming
Anita Alvarez before collapsing during the competition.
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USA's Anita Alvarez competes during the solo free final of the artistic swimming at the 19th FINA World Championships
Alvarez competes earlier in the competition.
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