Heidi Klum rescues son from Hawaiian rip current: Report

Heidi Klum rescues son from Hawaiian rip current: Report

Heidi Klum rescues son from Hawaiian rip current: Report

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by CBS News

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Posted on April 2, 2013 at 6:14 AM

(CBS) -- Supermodel and TV host Heidi Klum raced into ocean waters at a beach on the Hawaiian island of Oahu Sunday to save her oldest son, Henry, 7, who was caught in a dangerous rip current, according to Entertainment Tonight.

ET says Klum pulled Henry to shore, and that two of her family’s nannies also had to be helped from the water.

Her boyfriend, who’s also her bodyguard, was also seen catching his breath after the incident, according to Hawaii News Now, a service in which CBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB is involved.

In an exclusive statement, Klum told US Weekly, “We got pulled into the ocean by a big wave. Of course, as a mother, I was very scared for my child and everyone else in the water. Henry is a strong swimmer and was able to swim back to land. We were able to get everyone out safely.”

There was on call to 911 and no reported injuries, says Hawaii News Now.

It says lifeguards think the incident happened at Papailoa Beach, where there was a high surf advisory Sunday, with 10-15 foot waves and a strong north wind.

“It was definitely not a day for surfing. It was very ugly and rough and challenging,” said Jim Howe, Operations Chief, Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services.

Papailoa is a remote area on the North Shore near Haleiwa. It has just one public access, limited parking and is a restricted area surrounded by expensive homes. It has potential for big waves breaking close to shore, which causes the rip currents, Hawaii News Now reports.

Howe says Klum may even be given an award for her actions.

“We’ll see if she’ll accept it or not,” Hawaii News Now quotes Howe as saying. “I think what we’d like to say to Ms. Klum and her family is congratulations on being such a good mom and so vigilant, and being Johnny on the spot to stop a situation that could have been much worse.”

 

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