Hugh Jackman and his children were swimming at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Saturday when a riptide came through. The actor and nearby swimmers helped his son Oscar and daughter Ava escape the strong currents.
Jackman was caught by camera helping his family, as well as beckoning to other swimmers to come out of the water.
Some news outlets reported that Jackman rescued swimmer Peter Adam, but Adam clarified that he was actually helping the actor out with Ava. “His daughter was struggling to get on to the sandbar so I reached down, grabbed her arm and put my arm up to Hugh to make a chain to pull us up on the sandbar,” Adam told Australia’s 9News. “That’s what you do with any family out there.”
Former National Rugby League player Daniel Conn was also in the water with Jackman and chatted with him before the riptide began causing problems.
“I think he was under a bit of pressure with the two kids at once but he was pretty cool, calm and collected, as Hugh always is, I suppose,” said Conn, calling Jackman a “superdad, superhero and super bloke.” Conn said he helped Jackman with Oscar but when Oscar was pulled out again Jackman went out to get him and helped others around the beach as well. Lifeguards swam in and assisted the family in getting back to safety.
North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club wrote about the incidents on Instagram, revealing more than 40 rescues occurred that day. “The beach had to be closed due to dangerous conditions, multiple rescues happening all at once and limited resources,” said the organization. “@thehughjackman was also spotted assisting with rescues! Thanks Hugh.”
WELL DONE to Patrol 13 captained by Rosie Taliano & Tom Bunting this afternoon who completed 43 rescues in total with only a limited 12 patrolling members rostered on. There were also 3 rescues in the morning completed by Patrol 10. A big THANK YOU to Waverley Duty Officers, @brontesurfclub, @bondisblsc, @bondilifeguards and @surfrescue30 for your extra assistance. The beach had to be closed due to dangerous conditions, multiple rescues happening all at once and limited resources. @thehughjackman was also spotted assisting with rescues! Thanks Hugh #mysurflife #northbondislsc #northbondi #surflifesaving #rescues #bondibeach #bondi #beach #easter #saturday #bondislsc #bronteslsc #bronte #irb #surfrescue30 #hughjackman
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“Hugh and Oscar are completely fine,” a rep for Jackman said in a statement to ABC News. “It looks more dramatic than it was.”