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

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.

US coach Andrea Fuentes (right) saves US-American Anita Alvarez from the pelvic floor

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

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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.”

USA coach Andrea Fuentes (right) takes the American Anita Alvarez off the pelvic floor

Coach Andrea Fuentes (right) and an unidentified man help Alvarez emerge.

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The US trainer Andrea Fuentes (left) gets the American Anita Alvarez from the pelvic floor

Coach Fuentes, left, assists Alvarez.

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Members of Team United States react as medical staff attend to Anita Alvarez

US team members react as medical staff treat Anita Alvarez.

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Team United States' Anita Alvarez is attended to by medical staff following her women's solo finals performance

Medical staff support Anita Alvarez.

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Anita Alvarez of the United States competes before collapsing during the Solo Free Artistic Swimming final

Anita Alvarez before collapsing during competition.

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

Alvarez competes earlier in the competition.

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