An 11-year-old boy went the extra mile to save a drowning man’s life at his Minnesota apartment complex on Sunday.
According to KARE 11, Advaik Nandikotkur took a dive in the deep end of his apartment’s indoor pool when a 34-year-old man ventured beyond the shallow end and never resurfaced.
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“Mom said to jump in. I said he’s probably too heavy but I jumped in anyway.”
Advaik had been taking swimming lessons since his family moved from India to Minnesota in 2015.
As KARE 11 reports, he was the only person present at the pool who knew how to swim at the time.
Despite the victim being 100 pounds heavier than him, the fifth-grader grabbed the man’s left hand and was able to bring him to the edge of the pool, where adults pulled him out.
Once the man was out of the water, Advaik’s uncle performed CPR and was able to revive the man after a few minutes.
When police arrived sometime after 7:25 p.m., they found the 34-year-old partially conscious.
Eagan police officer Aaron Machtemes told KARE 11:
“I don’t know how he did it. […] He just jumped into action and went under and saved a guy who was drowning. And literally saved his life.”
The officer was impressed with the young hero’s modesty.
“He’s very calm about it. It’s just matter of fact. He did what he needed to do, and I think that’s really cool that he’s just like, ‘Yep, I did it.'”
The victim was transported to a local hospital and released a few hours later.
According to Fox 9, Eagan police plan to nominate Advaik and his uncle for the department’s life-saving award.
Raghu Nandikotkur, Advaik’s father, told Fox 9:
“He is a shy guy, so he was surprised. People are appreciating him because he’s used to swimming and he thinks he did what he could do.”
Advaik’s parents say they now intend to take swimming lessons for themselves in the future.