It was a regular family day out, sun, surf, swimming between the flags but things went horribly wrong when a 10-year old boy was swept out to sea.
What worried by-standers didn’t realise was that this was no ordinary 10-year old boy but Prince Christian of Denmark, the eldest son of Prince Frederick and Princess Mary.
The family are on holidays in Australia and were at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast when Prince Christian was swept off his feet and out to sea by a strong current on Thursday.
Seven News reports that Mermaid Beach lifeguard Nick Malcolm paddled out on his board to save 10-year-old Prince Christian who got caught in a dangerous rip.
The lifeguard who refused to appear on camera for Seven News is being hailed a hero.
“We got him before it got too serious, but he wouldn’t have come back in,” a fellow lifeguard, Stuart Keay told Seven News.