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Hugh Jackman helps rescue children from riptide in Australia, becomes real-life 'Superdad'

Hugh Jackman is making waves in his latest role: a “super-dad” who helped rescue his children from a dangerous riptide at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.

The charismatic actor was enjoying a beach day with his children (10-year-old Ava and 15-year-old Oscar) when the dangerous current emerged. Fast-acting Jackman joined forces with lifeguards and fellow beach-goers to pull the kids, who were struggling to get back to the sandbar, back to safety.

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“I reached down, grabbed [Ava’s] arm and put my arm up to Hugh to make a chain to pull us up on the sand bar," swimmer Peter Adam told Australia’s '9News.' "That's what you do with any family out there."

Once the children had been pulled to safety, Jackman reportedly thanked the lifeguards profusely before taking off down the beach.

Jackman's rep told NBC's sister network E! News: "Hugh and his family are 100 percent fine. It looks a lot more dramatic than it was."

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“He’s definitely a bit of a superdad, superhero, and he's a super bloke too,” said Dan Conn, a trainer and eyewitness who had been chatting with Jackman before the incident.

Conn also described Jackman as “cool, calm, and collected” — which is easy when you’re a superhero, we suppose.

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