Remember that scene in the Disney classic The Little Mermaid when Prince Eric falls overboard during a storm, and is rescued by mermaid Ariel? Well, in a weird twist, that famous scene from the film came to life for the very lucky Prince Christian of Denmark this past weekend.
While vacationing in Queensland, Australia with his family, 10-year-old Danish Prince Christian was rescued at the aptly-named Mermaid beach after he was pulled into a dangerous rip. The prince was swimming between the flags at the beach when he was swept off his feet and carried further out to sea, unable to make his way back because of the current.
Fortunately, thanks to the quick-thinking of the lifeguard on duty, Nick Malcolm, Christian was quickly rescued before the situation could get any worse. Despite his heroic Ariel-like actions, Malcolm didn't even realize who he had saved until a bystander came up and told him!
Following Christian's rescue, his father, Crown Prince Frederick, personally thanked Malcolm for rescuing his son, meanwhile the young boy had already returned to the waters, unfazed by his experience.
The Little Mermaid was originally written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, but was most famous adapted by Disney in its 1989 animated film. Coincidentally there is a famous statue of Andersen's Little Mermaid just minutes away from the winter home of the Danish royal family in Copenhagen, Denmark.