Photos: Exciting photos show the US coach saving the swimmer at the World Championships

As American technical swimmer Anita Alvarez performed her singles freestyle routine Wednesday in competition at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, her coach noticed something was wrong: Alvarez had drowned at the bottom of the pool.

Andrea Fuentes immediately dived, dragging Alvarez to the surface, where they were helped by another person, according to published reports.

Alvarez fainted.

USA coach Andrea Fuentes, right, rescues American Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pond

USA coach Andrea Fuentes, right, rescues American Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pond during an incident in the women’s free technical singles finals, at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

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In the dramatic photos taken by AFP, Fuentes can be seen underwater reaching Alvarez, who was floating with her arms down near the bottom of the pond.

The images show Fuentes kicking towards the surface with Alvarez – who was visibly unconscious – in the clouds. Topside, an unknown man helped them.

“Anita has been evaluated by medical staff and will continue to be monitored,” USA Artistic Swimming said in a statement posted Thursday on Instagram. “She feels so much better and is using the day to rest.”

USA coach Andrea Fuentes, right, retrieves American Anita Alvarez from the pool bottom

USA coach Andrea Fuentes, right, retrieves American Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pond during the 2022 Budapest World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

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USA coach Andrea Fuentes, left, retrieves American Anita Alvarez from the pool bottom

USA coach Andrea Fuentes, left, retrieves American Anita Alvarez from the bottom of the pool during an incident in the Women’s Individual Technical Swimming Finals, during the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships at the Alfred Hagos Swimming Complex in Budapest.

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Team USA members interact as medical staff attend Anita Alvarez

Team USA members interact as Anita Alvarez attends the medical staff after her women’s singles freestyle final.

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Anita Alvarez of Team USA is attended by the medical staff after her women's freestyle singles final

Anita Alvarez of Team USA is attended by medical staff after her women’s singles final performance on day 6 of the World Championships in Budapest 2022 FINA.

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Anita Alvarez of the United States competes before collapsing during the individual freestyle technical swimming final

Anita Alvarez of the United States competes before collapsing during the individual freestyle technical swimming final at the 19th FIFA World Championships (FINA) in Budapest, Hungary.

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American Anita Alvarez competes during the individual freestyle technical swimming final at the 19th FIFA World Championships (FINA)

American Anita Alvarez competes during the freestyle singles final at the 19th FIFA World Championships in Budapest in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

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