From reel to real life superhero: Hugh Jackman rescues teenage son from dangerous riptide in Australia

28 March 2016 / 6 months 4 weeks ago

Hugh Jackman may be used to playing a superhero on-screen, but he turned into a real life hero when his son was caught in a dangerous riptide.

Jackman was at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia when the sea’s currents suddenly changed causing a strong riptide in the water while his son Oscar, 15 and his daughter Ava, 10, were swimming.

Hugh leapt into action to help and tried to swim out to rescue his struggling kids, reports Uni Lad.

Thankfully another swimmer, Peter Adam, was already helping Ava get to the safety of a sand bar.

Adam said:

"His daughter was struggling to get on to the sand bar so I reached down, grabbed her arm and put my arm up to Hugh to make a chain to pull us up on the sand bar.

"Unfortunately Oscar was caught in current and was carried further out." 

Luckily for Hugh, lifeguards were soon dispatched and helped the Hollywood actor get Oscar to shore, where the X-Men star repeatedly thanked the lifeguard for rescuing his son.

Hugh was initially unavailable or comment after the incident and was reportedly ‘shaken up’ by the experience, however a rep for the actor later told ABC News, “Hugh and Oscar are completely fine. It looks more dramatic than it was.”

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