A spokesperson for the Danish royal couple Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary has denied that their son Prince Christian was in serious danger at the sea. The little prince was reportedly saved by a lifeguard at the Mermaid beach on the Gold Coast Thursday. The 10-year-old Danish royal was rescued from a dangerous rip.
The heir to the throne of Denmark was holidaying with his Tasmanian born mother, his dad and siblings when the incident happened. The couple’s eldest son had swum a long distance when he got caught in a rip and was rescued to the shore by Gold Coast lifeguard and surf champion Nick Malcolm.
Malcolm, who was responsible for pulling the young royal from the surf, had told he was not aware that the child was second in line to the Danish throne. However, a Danish royal family spokesperson claimed the lifeguard was aware who the prince was and had been instructed to watch him closely. “Lifeguards must always be alert, and in this case they knew who was in the water, so perhaps they were extra alert. They made extra certain that Prince Christian was okay – which he was,” she said.
The Denmark royal family’s head of communication Lene Balleby told Danish news agency Ritzau that the situation was completely undramatic.
The lifeguard told Australian regional newspaper the Gold Coast Bulletin that the boy was in between the flags in the deep part before the break and just got swept off his feet. But, he added that since Christian was a really good swimmer, he did not panic and it helped. Also, a surf champion, Malcolm kept a low profile after the rescue.
However, his supervisor Stuart Keay told Australia’s 7 News that they got the prince before it got too serious. Malcolm was personally thanked by Frederik.
The Australian born princess and her family are currently on a vacation to the Gold Coast. The couple are in Australia along with their four children Christian, Princess Isabella, eight, and four-year-old twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent.
This is the first time that the Danish royal couple have brought their kids to Australia since 2011, News.com.au reported. They are expected to celebrate Christmas in Mary’s home town of Hobart in Tasmania.