Hugh Jackman saves swimmers from riptide off Australian beach

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SYDNEY, Australia (March 27, 2016) — Australian actor Hugh Jackman may be known internationally for his roles as a superhero in the X-Men film series, but on Saturday he was doing some real life rescuing at Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

When several swimmers became caught in a strong riptide, including his teenage son Oscar, he was filmed helping to retrieve them.

A video obtained by Australia’s Nine News shows the 47-year-old actor in the water grabbing the arm of a man and pulling him along. The man is also holding onto a young girl.

Jackman is seen waving at people in the water alerting them to swim back to safety.

The North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club said the rough waters resulted in multiple rescues that day and the beach had to be closed at one point as it was deemed too dangerous.

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 #9today #todayshow #sunrise #channel7 #channel10 #tennews #board #swim #tube #sls_sydney #slsnsw #slsa

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Last month, Jackman revealed he was being treated for skin cancer, urging others to wear sunscreen to keep the condition at bay. It was at least the fourth time since 2013 he’d been treated for cancerous growths.

In January, surfing champion Kelly Slater was involved in a dramatic beach rescue, saving an Australian mother and baby from a powerful wave in Hawaii. He jumped into the water after the pair were engulfed by an enormous wall of water that’d swept up onto a road.

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