Prince Christian, 10, got into difficulties while swimming at Mermaid Beach on Queensland's Gold Coast
An heir to the Danish throne has been rescued from dangerous surf in Australia, it has emerged.
Prince Christian, 10, got into difficulties while swimming at Mermaid Beach on Queensland's Gold Coast last week.
He was saved by a local lifeguard, Nick Malcolm, who has been called a hero for plucking the prince - the son of Australian-born Crown Princess Mary - from the ocean.
Mr Malcolm has not wanted to speak to the media and preferred to let his boss, Gold Coast chief lifeguard Warren Young, explain what happened.
Danish Crown Prince Frederik was supervising his eldest child swimming at the beach when the drama unfolded on Thursday, Mr Young said.
Christian was swimming in a designated safe area - between flags - but was caught out of his depth in a rip current.
Mr Young said the boy was a "good little swimmer" and did not panic.
Mr Malcolm then paddled out and pulled him from the surf.
"It was a very simple little, short trip in for him and he was fine and his parents thanked the lifeguards as they left the beach. It was all really low key," Mr Young told Australian Associated Press.
"We do that all the time of course. That's what we do. But in this case it was people from overseas and well-known, of course."
But the young lifesaver had been unaware he had rescued a Royal until the family left the beach.
"He didn't know who it was until someone said 'Oh that was the royal family from Denmark' and Nick said 'Oh ok'," Mr Young recalled.
He added that Mr Malcolm was "overwhelmed by the attention" he had been getting following the rescue.
"He's a lifeguard, he's good at rescuing people and he's not used to attention like that because he's just doing the job he does every day," he said.
"He's back at work and he's doing what he's good at."
Crown Princess Mary, who grew up in Tasmania, is spending Christmas with her husband and four children in her home country.
They last visited Australia in 2013.
She met her husband Crown Prince Frederik at a Sydney pub during the 2000 Olympic Games. She moved to Denmark the next year and they were engaged in 2003.