THIS is the incredible moment when a heroic presenter jumps into the sea to help save a 10-year-old boy from drowning on live TV.
The brave news presenter cut short a live broadcast after seeing the boy struggle in choppy waters in Queensland, Australia.
Weather reporter Paul Burt jumped into the sea at Surfers Paradise on Thursday night to help a group of beach-goers pull the child ashore.
The boy was part of a family from Pakistan who were sucked into the sea by a rift after swimming in a gully.
Burt returned to his living cross shortly after he got out of the water and confirmed that the boy was fine.
“(He) was pulled into this violent gully and of course this crack,” he said.
“Being a lightweight, he managed to stay afloat and land on the south side of the gully.
“About four or five of us jumped in and basically dragged him back to the beach.
“He’s alive, he’s breathing, he’s conscious, he’s talking – the ambulance here is doing its best to obviously keep him alert.
“There is no doubt that he would have ingested quite a bit of water.”
Coincidentally, Burt has been telling swimmers about the dangers of sea gullies – the deeper stretch of water between two sandbars.
“These gutters here are very, very dangerous,” he said.
“We’ve had half a dozen rescues this week here on the Gold Coast.”
It took the presenter almost 10 minutes to find the boy while others desperately searched the tide.
He told The Courier Mail: “We spent about 10 minutes looking for him and diving under the waves. I thought we lost him, we lost him. I was thinking of my son who is a similar age.
“We started walking out of the water and then we heard someone say, ‘There he is, there he is.’
Burt’s brave action also caused panic among his film crew, who feared he and the child were drowning.
In February 2021, TV weatherman presented Luke Bradnam live from the Gold Coast scene as he was called out to help someone in the sea.
Shortly after the Nine News Gold Coast weather presenter finished his coverage, a boogie boarder alerted him to a dead body in the water.
He had warned viewers about dangerous waves at a local beach.
Bradnam immediately removed his suit and ran to the water to help someone who he said was struggling in the treacherous conditions, Nine News said.
“A boogie line at Narrowneck got me alert – he thought he saw someone struggling out in the surf again,” Bradnam said on air after the rescue.
“I immediately stripped and boogie-boarded out to help the person in trouble.
“It became quite obvious that a body was floating in the water.
“The two of us were able to secure the body and make our way back to shore through a rift.”
A shocked Bradnam told the broadcaster he hopes “never to experience that again”.
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