A pro-surfer has been called a “living legend” after he saved a woman from raging waves.
Mikey Wright was caught on video making the heroic rescue after he noticed that a woman was being swept away in the ocean of Hawaii.
In an Instragram video, which was being filmed by the 24-year-old at first, beach goers can be seen struggling to rescue the person from the surf.
As the waves continue to crash, Mikey can be heard saying that the swimmer is “going to need to get saved.”
“You can’t save him,” someone else in the videosays before Mikey hands over his phone and hops the fence to run into the ocean.
In a second clip Mikey can be seen launching himself into the water and swimming to the person stuck in the swell.
He manages to get over to them while large waves smash against them both.
The power of the waves is clear when the pair of them are launched forward several metres as they head to the shore.
At the end of the clip, the other beachgoers are seen helping Mikey pull the swimmer out of the water to safety.
“Hold my beer,” Mikey captioned the heroic clip.
After drying himself off the Australian explained that he had been sitting in his garden when he saw a person, who he later realised was a woman, get swept off her feet.
He recalled jumping into the water and calling to the woman not to go too straight, to avoid the sharp rocks on that part of the beach.
“I soon as I got hold of her I said ‘hey, we’re going to be okay, you’re okay, we’re going to get in’,” he told BBC News.
Having been warned that a big wave was coming by his sister, Mikey picked the woman up in a bid to get her to shore quicker.
“To see how thankful she was, to see her son who came running down the beach at the time, he just latched on to me, he kept hugging me,” Mikey said.
“He said ‘you saved my mum, I thought she was gone’.”
Mikey said he and the woman were left with scratches but were otherwise unhurt.
According to CBS Sports, Mikey and his sister Tyler were in Hawaii to compete in the Pipeline Masters, in which Mikey came in 17th place for the men’s division and his sister took first for the women’s division.
“You’re a living legend,” Hawaiian surfer Ezekiel Lau said on Instagram.