Swimmer Anita Alvarez passes out in the pool at the World Championships

A member of Team USA(R) swims to retrieve American Anita Alvarez (left), from the bottom of the pool.

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American technical swimmer Anita Alvarez was in danger of drowning after she passed out in the pool at the world championships in Budapest before being saved by coach Andrea Fuentes.

Spain’s Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, jumped into the pool after seeing Alvarez sink to the bottom at the end of her final individual freestyle routine.

She got medical attention by the pool before being transferred on a stretcher.

It was the second time Fuentes had to save Alvarez after she jumped into the pool during an Olympic qualifying event last year and dragged her to safety with American swimming partner Lindy Schroeder.

American Anita Alvarez was pulled off the pool floor by a member of the team after the accident.

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“Anita is much better, she’s already at her best,” Fuentes told Spain’s Marca newspaper. “It was frankly good frankly.”

“I jumped into the water again because I saw that no one, not a lifeguard, was jumping inside. I got a little scared because she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine. She has to rest.”

In a statement on USA Swimming’s Instagram page, Fuentes said doctors will evaluate the 25-year-old Alvarez on Thursday before deciding whether to participate in the team event on Friday.

She got medical attention by the pool before being transferred on a stretcher.

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