A GOLD Coast lifesaver rescues Princess Mary’s eldest son from a rip during their Queensland getaway.


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The Danish royal’s who are in Australia with family for the Christmas holidays, spent some time at Mermaid Beach on Thursday when the young Prince got into some trouble and had to be rescued from the water by lifeguards after he was swept off his feet by a strong current.

Prince Christian, 10, was dragged from the surf  by lifeguard Nick Malcolm.

Witnesses told how Mr Malcolm paddled out and brought the young prince back to his distressed parents, Australian-born Princess Mary, 43, and her 47-year-old husband, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark.

Malcolm has kept a low profile since the incident, but his supervisor heaped praise on him.

Supervisor, Stuart Keay, maintains that a strong rip can be deadly no matter the depth.


The Danish royal family are now downplaying the rescue of Prince Christian denying he was in any danger, when he was rescued from the surf at Mermaid Beach.

The royals have issued a statement saying “Lifeguards must always be alert, and in this case they knew who was in the water, so perhaps they were extra alert.”

“…In other words the situation was completely undramatic.”

A Lifeguard agreed it wasn’t  serious, but was necessary. “We got him before it got too serious, but he wouldn’t have come back in,” Stuart Keay said.  They had no idea who he was until a witness later told them.

Share your thoughts below.

  • gosh lucky kid, but heck the poor things are constantly surrounded by people watching their every move!


  • Rips can be so deadly and glad all worked out well.


  • Glad he is ok and that the lifeguards were alert and were able to rescue him before things got to dangerous.

    • We are very fortunate to have great lifeguards on our beaches.


  • Glad he’s ok. Things can go bad so quick


  • yes definately a good reminder to stay in between the flags! i read about this story elsewhere and it was reported that they were between the flags so it goes to show how unpredictable the ocean is and how quick that conditions can change.


  • What a scary situation. Glad to hear all are well and safe.


  • A very lucky boy. I’m glad he is ok


  • That must have been such a scary moment! Luckily everything ended up fine!!


  • I guess that’s one way to learn about the dangers! Thank goodness they were swimming at a life guarded beach.


  • The dangers of the beach are always present – so very easy to get caught out for the inexperienced. Our lifeguards do an amazing job.


  • Very lucky, I was shocked when I heard about this. Thank goodness his OK now.


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