Paul Burt: Channel Seven reporter stops live cross, rescues 10-year-old in surf on Gold Coast


Dramatic moment Channel Seven reporter interrupts his live cross and charges into the surf to rescue a 10-year-old sucked out to sea: ‘We’ve lost him’

  • Reporter Paul Burt noticed the boy was struggling during a live cross last night
  • He was seen charging into the choppy water to help rescue the young child 
  • Burt was seen helping bring boy to safety at the beach in Surfers Paradise
  • Burt said it took nearly ten minutes to find the boy who’d managed to stay afloat 

A Channel Seven reporter stopped his live cross and rushed into the surf to rescue a 10-year-old boy who was struggling to stay afloat in the waves on the Gold Coast.

Paul Burt noticed the child was struggling during his cross on Thursday evening and was then seen charging into the choppy water at a beach on Surfers Paradise to rescue him.

He was later seen helping other beachgoers carry the boy out of the surf.

Channel Seven reporter Paul Burt stopped his live cross about dangerous surf conditions to rush into the water to help a 10-year-old Pakistani boy

‘A group of family from Pakistan jumped in, they got sucked out,’ Burt later told the network.

‘(He) got dragged out into this fierce gutter, and of course into this rip …. About four or five of us jumped in and basically pulled him back to the beach. 

‘He’s living, he’s breathing, he’s conscious, he’s talking.’

Footage shows Burt bounding into the water before tearing off his shirt to help keep the boy above the water.

Burt, centre (at front) is seen helping the Pakistani family out of the water

Burt, centre (at front) is seen helping the Pakistani family out of the water

It took him ten minutes to find the boy while other swimmers desperately tried to locate him amid the rough surf.

The reporter said there was ‘no doubt’ the ten-year-old would have swallowed a lot of water. 

Burt said he was doing a live report on the dangers of beach gutters that lure unsuspecting swimmers into life-threatening rips at the time of the incident.

‘His dad was screaming and crying for his son,’ Burt told The Courier Mail.

‘We spent about 10 minutes looking for him, diving under the waves. I was thinking we’ve lost him, we’ve lost him. I was thinking about my son who’s a similar age.

‘We started walking out of the water and then we heard someone say, there he is, there he is.’

His cameraman Geoff Bowden thought both the child and Burt had drowned. 

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