An 11-year-old boy is being called a hero after saving a 34-year-old man from drowning in an indoor pool.
Advaik Nandikotkur who is in fifth grade jumped into the pool after his mother urged him to save the man who was swimming in the shallow end and had ventured to the deep end. He then went underwater and didn't resurface.
The 34-year-old victim weighs roughly 100 pounds, the boy who was the only one who could swim despite being accompanied by adults dragged the drowning man to the bottom of the pool and to safety, Advaik's uncle Suseel Kumar Nandikotkur stepped in and used CPR to revive the man. The victim was revived after a few minutes.
Police say the man Advaik rescued went to the hospital, but he was released after a few hours and later he stopped by to thank the boy who saved his life.
"He said he loves me," said Advaik.
"It just happened,” said Raghu Nandikotkur. “I don't know why we were there or why Advaik was there. It was coincidental, but now we are relieved he is doing good."
Eagan police say they will nominate Advaik and his uncle for the department's life-saving award. In the meantime, Advaik's parents say this episode has prompted them to get swimming lessons for themselves in the future.