Aussie Surfer Mikey Wright Hailed As A Hero After Rescuing Drowning Beachgoer
Professional surfer Mikey Wright has received glowing praise from people online for saving a beachgoer's life.
The scary incident occurred at Ike Beach in Hawaii when a woman got caught in massive swell and looked like she was about to drown.
Thankfully, Australian surfer Wright spotted that the woman was in trouble and sprung into action.
In a video posted on his own Instagram, Wright is initially behind the camera filming the rough conditions from his beachside residence.
But he soon becomes aware that someone is out there struggling to keep their head above the water in the huge surf.
The 24-year-old was heard saying "he's gonna need to get saved" before handing his phone to his partner and sprinting out to help.
Other bystanders had already begun entering the water but Wright raced in at such speed that he actually overtook them.
Without any concern for his own safety, he then made his way into the dangerous rip and yanked the woman out to safety by her arm.
But just as the duo made their way onto the shore, they were struck by a large wave that sent them both crashing over.
Thankfully, other members of the public were on hand to help them out of the surf - the woman clearly struggling after taking in a large amount of sea water.
Wright simply captioned the clip: "Hold my beer."
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And it wasn't long before the surfing community flocked to the comments section of the post to heap praise on Wright for his heroic efforts.
Fellow pro surfer Owen Wright said: "Powerful decision making in a crucial moment."
While Josh Kerr added: "Absolutely lordish move on your behalf!"
And Kamalei Alexander replied: "God bless you."
The next day, Wright appeared on Channel Nine's The Today Show to talk about incident.
Aussie surfing siblings Tyler and Mikey Wright have saved a woman's life in a dramatic rescue on Hawaii's north coast. #9Today pic.twitter.com/Fsu8cphkbZ
- The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) January 1, 2021
"As I was starting to film I thought 'this is going to turn pretty bad here'," he said.
"So I was on my phone to pass my phone to my wife, and I was like 'grab my phone, this person is going to need saving' and I dropped my beer and ripped my camera out of my pocket, took my shirt off and had to jump the fence and run down the beach.
"From when we first seen it, to when we realised it was going to be really bad, it was only a matter of seconds."
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@mikeywright69
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