It was just another normal Wednesday for world champion surfer Kelly Slater with big waves coming in off the coast of Australia. But when one surfer got taken down and didn't come back up, the day was all of a sudden a dramatic one.
When pro surfer Russell Bierke was rolled by a big wave and didn't come up, Slater and two others in the surf sprung into action.
The 45-year-old and fellow surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and Ryan Hipwood pulled Bierke from the water and carried the unconscious 19-year old to shore on the safety jet ski, according to Swellnet.
“Kelly said ‘call an ambulance’ then I was relaying down the phone what Kelly Slater was telling me – the vital signs," local council member Jordan Lockett, who was at the scene, told The Standard. "He’s got a pulse, he’s breathing but he’s not well. He was very disoriented. I grabbed the oxygen and ran outside.
“There was Slater, three or four other surfers and (Bierke) was just vomiting up water like flat out. He had really bloodshot eyes and he didn’t know where he was, who he was or what was happening. He was blue. He was like a smurf or an avatar."
It's a situation Slater is familiar with as he had already been credited with saving one life in Hawaii in January 2016, but it's still a situation no one wants to be in.
Slater has not commented on the most recent incident.