11-Year-Old Boy Hailed As Hero After Saving Drowning Adult Man In Pool

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.


“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!”

 – ytotheu


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.”

 – strip_sack


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.”

 – NoClueDad



“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.”

 – dman4835

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.