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Hugh Jackman Helps Rescue His Own Kids

Son, daughter were caught in rip tide on Aussie beach
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2016 10:21 AM CDT
Hugh Jackman Helps Rescue His Own Kids
Hugh Jackman smiles during a press conference for his new movie "Eddie The Eagle" in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 7, 2016.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – It was a scary day at the beach for Hugh Jackman on Saturday, and the on-screen superhero had to play one in real life. As 9news reports, the actor and his kids were at Australia's Bondi Beach when daughter Ava, 10, and son Oscar, 15, got caught in a rip tide. As a fellow beachgoer recounts: "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."

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Another swimmer says he helped get both kids on the sand bar, but Oscar was swept out again, requiring lifeguards to make the rescue. "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," he says, adding that Jackman is "definitely a bit of a superdad, superhero, and he's a super bloke too." The North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club added its thanks on Instagram: "@thehughjackman was also spotted assisting with rescues! Thanks Hugh." The beach closed for the rest of the day. (Read more Hugh Jackman stories.)

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