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

A member of the US team (right) swims to lift American Anita Alvarez (left) from the bottom of the pool.

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American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was in danger of drowning after she passed out in the pool at the World Championships in Budapest, but was saved by her coach Andrea Fuentes.

Spaniard Fuentes, a four-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming, jumped into the pool after seeing Alvarez sink to the bottom at the end of her free skate.

She received medical treatment near the pool before being carried away on a stretcher.

It was the second time Fuentes had to save Alvarez after she jumped into the pool during last year’s Olympic qualification and pulled her to safety along with fellow American swimmer Lindy Schroeder.

Anita Alvarez from the USA is lifted from the bottom of the pool by a team member after the incident.

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“Anita is much better, she is already in better shape. To be honest, it was a good cause for concern,” Fuentes told the Spanish newspaper Marca.

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

In a statement on the US Artistic Swim Instagram page, Fuentes said 25-year-old Alvarez will be seen by doctors on Thursday before a decision is made on her participation in Friday’s team event.

She received medical treatment near the pool before being carried away on a stretcher.

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