An 11-year-old boy is being praised for his bravery. The child rescued a drowning man, pulling the adult out of the pool. He is now being nominated by the local police for a life-saving award.
Advaik Nandikotkur, the young boy, was with his family at their apartment’s indoor pool Sunday when his father saw a man at the bottom of the pool. The man was a guest of another tenant and was unconscious.
Despite several adults nearby, none knew how to swim, which left it up to Advaik to save the drowning man.
Wow. This is amazing. Great kid.
— Linda (@lindariv58) January 5, 2019
My heart is all warm and fuzzy. Best news today.
— Eric Martell (@MillenialN) January 4, 2019
“This remind me of that story where a man saved a kid from drowning, and years later a lifeguard saves the same man from drowning and the lifeguard was none other than the kid he saved years ago!”
While Advaik’s father tried to pull the man out, he got in the water with a floating tube, and couldn’t reach low enough to grab him. Advaik’s mother reminded the boy about his swim drill, diving down to grab three rings and coming back up. He used this idea to dive down and grab the man’s wrist.
Advaik brought the man to the surface, where his father helped him get the man out of the pool. However, the drowned man wasn’t breathing. Thankfully, Advaik’s uncle performed CPR. By the time the police arrived, the man was not just breathing, but conscious.
The family did very well in their rescue.
“This kid and his mother are amazing.”
This is a great family. Lovely caring people. Amazing young man. Blessings????????????
— Bertha Bridges (@BerthaB16875173) January 5, 2019
pretty impressive.. also impressive: his mum encouraged him to do it with imagery.. his dad a non swimmer helped once the boy brought the man to the surface.. his uncle then successfully performed cpr on the man simply from having seen it done in movies..
— d ???????? ???? ???? (@dougalpollux) January 4, 2019
Good on him! His mother should be proud of both of the men in her life!
— Blazinbabs (@BillysGodchild) January 4, 2019
Minnesota police were very impressed with the young boy. Officer Aaron Machtemes said in an interview with CNN,
“I’ve never heard of a boy jumping in and saving an adult from a pool. Officers on the scene commented the man was very lucky to be alive.”
The drowning man was very grateful for the rescue. He went the next day to thank the family and give a $50 Macy’s gift card. But Advaik didn’t do it for the reward.
“If someone didn’t save him, he could’ve died or gotten badly injured. It would be hard for his family to get through,”
The boy was quoted.
Maybe he was less than impressed with the gift card?
“Well, I guess it’s nice he got a $50 gift card for saving the dude’s life.”
Leaving this reporter asking where was Aquaman
— I am not a robot (@Iamnota40649188) January 5, 2019
Wait until he tries to run for Congress in 15 years and right-wingers find video of this act. He's finished.
— Taylor Wright (@mynamehear) January 4, 2019
Remember when you had to pick up a brick from the bottom of a pool wearing pyjamas? This exercise came in use when a man sank to the bottom of the pool and 11-year-old Advaik Nandikotkur was the only one around who could swim! https://t.co/tbBBgUJmOQ pic.twitter.com/xzVOHFdEQj
— Frissonic (@FeelFrisson) January 4, 2019
“TWIST! Moments earlier, the same 11-year-old boy nearly killed a 34 year old man by knocking him unconscious and pushing him into a pool.”
The family is very glad they got swim lessons for Advaik, but are now talking about taking swim lessons themselves. The family immigrated to the US from India three years ago, where their culture didn’t prioritize learning to swim.
Advaik’s mother said,
“I love water. My father didn’t allow that. In our culture, it’s not a usual thing to do — to go for swimming lessons, especially for girls.”
The police force are nominating Advaik and his uncle for local awards. Their heroic actions have really inspired the community.