Hugh Jackman rescued his children after they were caught in a dangerous current off the coast of Sydney.
The X-Men star was at Bondi Beach on Saturday when his two children – Oscar, 15, and Ava, 10 – became caught in the strong current and began to be dragged out to sea.
Hugh was reportedly chatting with former National Rugby League player and reality star Dan Conn and My Kitchen Rules star Lynzey Murphy at the time of the incident, and footage shows Conn running in to rescue Oscar, while Jackman is seen piggybacking his daughter to the shore. After making sure his children were safe, Hugh was seen waving at others in the sea to try and get them to swim back to shore.
It was also initially reported the action man grabbed an unknown male and assisted him, but the guy, Peter Adam, told 9 News he was trying to help Hugh with his daughter.
“He wasn’t rescuing me, I was assisting him to get his daughter up to the sandbar,” Adam said. “He then grabbed my hand to get us up (and) then went to get his son.”
Lifeguards on the beach sprung into action and closed the beach, then headed into the water with jetskis to make a further 43 rescues.
Murphy said that Jackman was courageous and calm, adding, “When we got in the water 20 minutes earlier it was fine. Then the water just came up suddenly. He just pulled them calmly onto the sandbar.
“He was pretty level headed. If you start freaking out in front of your children it is only going to make it worse. He said thank you to both Dan and I. He was lovely.”
The actor was reunited with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness and two children after the dramatic rescue, and was too shaken to speak about the incident. Jackman’s representative Michele Schweitzer has since released a statement to People.com, playing down the beach drama.
“Hugh and Oscar are 100 per cent fine,” she states. “It looks a lot more dramatic than it actually was.”
Meanwhile, rescuers with the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, who closed the beach to make an additional 43 rescues, are thanking the actor for his efforts.
“The beach had to be closed due to dangerous conditions, multiple rescues happening all at once and limited resources,” they wrote on Instagram.com. “@thehughjackman was also spotted assisting with rescues! Thanks Hugh.”