Hero presenter leaps into the sea to help save boy from DROWNING live on TV
THIS is the incredible moment a hero presenter leaps into the sea to help save a 10-year-old boy from drowning live on TV.
The brave news presenter abandoned a live broadcast after spotting the youngster struggling in choppy waters in Queensland, Australia.
Weather reporter Paul Burt jumped into the sea at Surfers Paradise Thursday night to help a group of beachgoers pull the child ashore.
The youngster was part of a family from Pakistan who had been sucked out to sea by a rip after swimming in an ocean gutter.
Burt returned to his live cross moments after coming out of the water and confirmed the boy was ok.
“(He) got dragged out into this fierce gutter, and of course into this rip,” he said.
“Being of a lightweight he managed to stay afloat and come in adjacent to the southern side of the gutter.
“About four or five of us jumped in and basically pulled him back to the beach.
“He’s living, he’s breathing, he’s conscious, he’s talking – the ambulance here are doing their best to obviously keep him alert.
“There’s no doubt he would have taken a fair bit of water in.”
Coincidentally, Burt has been reporting on the dangers of ocean gutters – which is the deeper section of water between two sandbanks – to swimmers.
“These gutters here are very, very dangerous,” he said.
“We’ve had half a dozen rescues on the Gold Coast here this week.”
It took the presenter almost 10 minutes to find the boy as others desperately searched the riptide.
He told The Courier Mail: “We spent about 10 minutes looking for him, diving under the waves. I was thinking we’ve lost him, we’ve lost him. I was thinking about my son who’s 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 actions also caused panic among his filming crew who worried he and the child could drown.
In February 2021, TV weatherman Luke Bradnam was presenting live from the scene on the Gold Coast when he was called to help someone in the sea.
Moments after Nine News Gold Coast weather presenter finished reporting, a boogie boarder alerted him to a body in the water.
He had been warning viewers about dangerous swells at a local beach.
Bradnam immediately stripped out of his suit, and raced to the water to assist what he thought was someone struggling in the treacherous conditions, said Nine News.
“A boogie border at Narrowneck alerted me – he thought he’d seen someone struggling again out in the surf,” Bradnam said on-air after the rescue.
“I immediately stripped off and raced out with the boogie boarder to help the person in trouble.
“It became pretty evident that there was a body floating in the water.
“The two of us were able to secure the body and start making our way through a rip, back into shore.”
A shocked Bradnam told the broadcaster he hoped to “never experience that again”.