EAGAN, Minn. — Advaik Nandikotkur was honest Wednesday, May 15, when asked why he jumped into the deep end of a pool and pulled a drowning man to the surface.
The 11-year-old Eagan boy said his mom told him to do so, “so I just obeyed.”
Regardless, the boy’s actions last December were enough for him to be bestowed with the Eagan Police Department’s Citizen Lifesaving Award.
Advaik’s daring Dec. 30 rescue happened at the family’s apartment complex. A 34-year old man ventured into the deep end of the pool and slipped under the water without being noticed, according to police.
Advaik and others saw the man on the bottom of the pool, but the kid was the only one who knew how to swim.
“Without hesitation, he jumped in and retrieved the man from the bottom of the pool,” police officer Brian Boekhoff said Wednesday.
Advaik, who weighed 70 pounds, pulled the 170-pound man to the surface and over to the edge of the pool, where bystanders pulled him out and performed CPR.
Srinivasa Yalavarthi, of Chicago, regained consciousness and made a full recovery.
Advaik is the youngest recipient of Eagan’s Lifesaving Award, which is the police department’s highest honor given to a citizen.