While American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez performed her solo free routine in competition at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday, her coach noticed something was wrong: Alvarez had sunk to the bottom of the pool.
Andrea Fuentes immediately dove and pulled Alvarez to the surface where the two were, according to published reports, helped by another person.
Alvarez had passed out.
In dramatic images captured by Agence France-Presse, Fuentes can be seen underwater reaching out for Alvarez, who was floating near the bottom of the pool with her arms down.
Pictures show Fuentes stepping to the surface with Alvarez, who is apparently unconscious, in tow. When they surfaced, 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 on Thursday. “She is feeling much better and is using today to rest.”
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