Hugh Jackman, real-life superhero, helped save swimmers from a riptide.

Few people can say they're lifesavers on and off the big screen, but Hugh Jackman is (of course) one of them.

The Australian actor known for his superhero characters became an actual lifesaver this weekend at Bondi Beach near Sydney, where he helped rescue beachgoers from a riptide.

Yes, Hugh Jackman has officially out-Hugh Jackman'd himself.


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Jackman sprang into action when an intense current began putting swimmers — including his own son and daughter — at risk.

The actor linked hands with a lifeguard to help pull Jackman's 10-year-old daughter, Ava, to safety, 9 News in Australia reported.

Jackman also assisted in bringing his 15-year-old son, Oscar, and a number of other swimmers to safety, which earned him a big thanks from the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club.

"He said, 'You guys did an amazing job,'" lifeguard Trent Falson explained of Jackman's praise. "I think [Jackman] thanked me about three times on the way up the sand."

"I think he was under a bit of pressure with [his] two kids at once but he was pretty cool, calm, and collected, as Hugh always is I suppose," swimmer Dan Conn, who also helped in bringing folks to safety, told 9 News. He noted Jackman's "definitely a bit of a superdad," a "superhero," and a "super bloke, too."

Couldn't agree more, Dan.

Riptides are serious business, which is why we should all know how to handle them if we find ourselves in one (without Jackman nearby).

Every year, more than 100 people die from riptides in the U.S. (That makes them 100 times more deadly than sharks!)

With beach season just around the corner, it's important to know how you can stay safe. So here are a few tips.

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1. Swim with a buddy (especially if you're an inexperienced swimmer).

Swimming with a friend who can help in a moment of need makes any trip to the beach safer — riptide or not.

2. If you find yourself in a riptide, first and foremost, stay calm.

Riptides pull swimmers away from the beach. If you feel this happening to you, don't panic! Most riptide deaths occur because swimmers fearfully try to fight the current and exhaust themselves.

3. Now that you're nice and relaxed, see if you can touch the seafloor.

If you can regain your footing and the current becomes weaker, this will help you stay in control and move to safety. But if you can't touch, again, don't panic (are you sensing a theme?).

4. Swim parallel to shore.

Riptides are usually no wider than 100 feet. So if you're caught in one, swim parallel to the coastline (not against the current), and know that it's just temporary. Soon, you'll be out of the riptide and able to swim freely to shore.

Here's what these steps look like in action:

Illustration via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Don't fret, swimmers — you got this.

There are many reasons to be upset over the fact you'll probably never swim with Hugh Jackman, but your ability to survive riptides certainly shouldn't be one of them.


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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Seven years ago, Bill Murray shared a powerful story about the importance of art. The revelation came during a discussion at the National Gallery in London for the release of 2014's "The Monuments Men." The film is about a troop of soldiers on a mission to recover art stolen by the Nazis.

After his first time performing on stage in Chicago, Murray was so upset with himself that he contemplated taking his own life.

"I wasn't very good, and I remember my first experience, I was so bad I just walked out — out onto the street and just started walking," he said.

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