Advaik Nandikotkur, an 11-year-old Minnesota boy, who lives in St. Paul with his mom, Lalitha Mareddy, and his dad, Raghu Nandikotkur, is the only one in his family who knows how to swim. When the accident happened, the boy swam to the bottom of a swimming pool at his apartment complex to save a 34-year-old man who has double weight of him from drowning, police said.
Advaik’s Mom, Mareddy continuously described, she and her family was hanging out at the pool on that day, suddenly she saw an unconscious man, who is not being identified, at the bottom of the deep end of the pool with his mouth open and hands stretched out. She called for help but none of the nine men surrounding the pool knew how to swim. Her husband attempted to rescue the man in a floating tube but he was failed to go deep enough into the pool.
In a flash without hesitation, she asked her 80-pound son to jump in to save the man after remembering one of his exercises in swimming class. Advaik has been taking swimming lessons ever since his family moved from India to Minnesota three years ago.
The boy was worried that the man, who weighed 100 pounds more than him, would be too heavy to carry, but he still managed to pull him to the surface. His dad helped move the man to the edge of the pool. While Advaik’s uncle, Suseel Kumar Nandikotkur, then performed CPR on the man.
Minutes later, the man started moving his eyes, then his hands. By that time, paramedics had arrived to give him oxygen and take him to a hospital. The man was very lucky to be alive and visited the Nandikotkur family when he recovered. The man gave Advaik a $50 Macy’s gift card, but the boy said that didn’t matter so much to him. What matters, he said, is that the man is alive.
Advaik’s act of heroism were impressed with his humbleness.
While Advaik is back to school this week, he got a lot of attention since he’s all over the local news — something the shy boy doesn’t like so much. Eagan Police also have nominated Advaik for the department’s “Life Saving Award.”
His mom and dad say they are very proud of their son so much and glad they gave him swimming lessons.
We cannot deny that human should learn some survival skills and first aid which can keep rescued in an emergency, help others and save a life.