It appeared to be a normal day on the job for one Gold Coast lifeguard. Little did he know he just secured the future of the Danish Royal Family.
Crowned Princess Mary of Denmark and her husband Prince Frederik have swapped a white Christmas for the sun and sand this year, with the royal family spending their holidays in Australia.
The royals were spending the day at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast when their eldest son, Christian, fell into a bit of strife.
The 10-year-old future King of Denmark was swimming in the ocean when he got caught in a rip.
PEOPLE reports the heir to the throne was on his way out to sea when local lifeguard Nick Malcolm came to his aid.
While Nick rescued the Christian before the situation became serious, lifeguard supervisor Stuart Keay confirmed he "wouldn't have come back in."
Nick is yet to comment on the event, but his mates have promised to "give him plenty of stick" about the high-profile rescue.
It is believed Prince Frederik personally thanked Nick for saving his son.
The Crowned Prince met his Australian wife while in Sydney for the 2000 Olympics. The pair were married in 2004.
Princess Mary - who hails from Tasmania - and Prince Frederik have four children: Christian, 10, Isabella, 8, and twins Vincent and Josephine, both aged four.