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PHOTOS: Dramatic images show US coach saving swimmer at world championships

When American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez competed in her solo freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday, her coach noticed something: Alvarez sank to the bottom of the pool.

According to published reports, Andrea Fuentes immediately dived and pulled Alvarez to the surface, where the pair were aided by another.

Alvarez fainted.

US coach Andrea Fuentes (right) prepares to pull Anita Alvarez out of the pool after the swimmer fainted.

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In dramatic images captured by AFP, Fuentes can be seen underwater reaching for Alvarez, who floats with his arms down near the bottom of the pool.

Pictures show Fuentes kicking to the surface with Alvarez, apparently unconscious and being dragged away. After 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 to Instagram on Thursday. “She’s feeling better, take advantage of today’s rest.”

Coach Andrea Fuentes (right) and an unidentified man assist Alvarez to surface.

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U.S. coach Andrea Fuentes (left) rescues Team USA's Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool

Coach Fuentes (left) assists Alvarez.

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Members of Team USA react as Anita Alvarez is tended by medics

US team members react as medics treat Anita Alvarez.

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Team USA's Anita Alvarez is treated by medical staff after the women's singles free final performance

Medics assist Anita Alvarez.

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Anita Alvarez of the United States competes before falling in individual free final in artistic swimming

Anita Alvarez before going down in the game.

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Anita Alvarez of the United States competes in the individual free final of artistic swimming at the 19th FINA World Championships

Alvarez came in early in the race.

(Associated Press)

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