JERUSALEM (AP) A robotic arm used to free a disabled German man from a crocodilian trap has been used to save a young boy from drowning in a lake.
The robot, dubbed “Terrible Otto,” was used to pull a child from a watery pond in the town of Jern, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) south of Berlin, according to police and rescue organizations.
The man was playing in a swimming pool and fell into the pool.
He was able to reach a bench and pull himself out of the pool, where a group of bystanders pulled him from the water.
The man’s sister and grandmother tried to revive him but couldn’t.
Police said the robot, which weighs about 60 kilograms (150 pounds), was operated by a member of the rescue team that included a medical technician.
It was unclear if the boy had drowned or if he suffered an injury.
The city’s emergency management agency said the man was hospitalized but was expected to recover.