When 10-year-old Danish Prince Christian was swept out to sea by a rip at Mermaid Beach on Australia’s Gold Coast on Thursday, a Kiwi lifeguard, Nick Malcolm, came to the rescue.

The Gold Coast, Queensland.

The Gold Coast, Queensland. Image by Herry Lawford / CC BY 2.0

The modest lifesaver hasn’t made a fuss about saving the potential heir to the throne. Surf Lifesaving New Zealand chairman Geoff Hamilton said Malcolm’s rescue was fantastic, saying high-profile rescues like this one were great for surf lifesaving as they helped to get across key water safety messages to the public, and encouraged more people to get involved with lifesaving. “Rescuing the prince is an outstanding achievement but I’m sure that our guys would have rescued anyone who needed their help.” According to Australia’s 7 News Danish Crown Prince Frederick personally thanked Malcolm for the swift rescue and the prince returned to the surf the next day.

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