Advaik Nandikotkur is 11 years old. He lives with his parents in Eagan, Minnesota. His family immigrated to St. Paul from India three years ago. While in India, his dad never had time to take swimming lessons, and his mom was not allowed to take lessons because she is a woman. But they gave Advaik some lessons in America, "some survival skills for his own sake." Recently while relaxing around the indoor pool at their apartment complex, they noticed an adult on the bottom of the deep end, with arms outstretched and eyes wide open.
Since nobody else at the pool could swim, Advaik's mom urged him. He weighs only 80 pounds, and said the man would be too heavy to lift, but he took the plunge anyway. He managed to pull the man to the surface and tow him to the edge of the pool. A few minutes later, the man started to move his hands. Paramedics took him to the hospital where he made a full recovery. He stopped by later that week to thank Advaik and give him some money. "He told me he loved me," the boy said. Eagan Police officer Aaron Machtemes said, "I've never heard of a boy jumping in and saving an adult from a pool."