Heidi Klum really is superwoman! The 39-year-old is a model, “Project Runway” host, “America’s Got Talent” judge, mom of four, and now … lifesaver.
Klum was snapped pulling 7-year-old son Henry out of the water on a Hawaiian beach on Sunday after he was pulled into the sea by a big wave. Klum also helped rescue two nannies who were in the water with Henry.
In the pics, which you can see here, a bikini-clad Klum is seen pulling Henry back to shore by the arm, swimming out to sea, and helping to drag both nannies out of the water, one of whom appeared to be panicked and gasping for air. Klum’s bodyguard boyfriend Martin Kristen was most likely involved in the rescue too and in one photo looks to be catching his breath after coming out of the ocean.
"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," Klum said in a statement to media outlets on Monday. "Henry is a strong swimmer and was able to swim back to land. We were able to get everyone out safely."
The German-born beauty has spent the last week vacationing on the Hawaiian island of Oahu with Henry; her other three children, Leni, 8, Johan, 6, and Lou, 3; her parents, Erna and Gunther, and boyfriend Kristen. Last January Klum announced that she musician Seal, her husband of almost seven years, were divorcing.
According to Justin Fujioka, chief meteorologist for Hawaii’s ABC affiliate KITV, the island’s North Shore -- where Klum and her family were staying -- was under a high surf advisory all weekend long. Thanks to a storm to the island’s north, large swells rolling in and onshore winds made the ocean even choppier than usual. Signs were posted on beaches warning swimmers, but Henry might not have necessarily been swimming when he got swept out.
“That’s the nature of these swells," says Fujioka. "I actively tell people to stay away from the shoreline even when you’re standing in just a foot of water or are standing on dry sand. A rogue wave can still come by and sweep you away.” Fujioka adds that lifeguards performed three different active rescues on Sunday on the neighboring island of Kauai.
With everyone safe and sound, the family was fortunately able to enjoy their Easter Sunday in the South Pacific. Klum even tweeted out a pic of colorful eggs on a rocky beach, writing: “Frohe Ostern .....Happy Easter!”
Luckily the day did turn out to be a happy one!
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