blue board shorts in a big wave that came over.
“It got closer and Madi said it’s a man and John grabbed him and flipped him over and we helped drag him up to the beach and I ran up to get mum and said to ring triple-zero,” he said.
The man bumped into the legs of John, who quickly grabbed the smallest of the children Chelsea out of the water so she would not get knocked over.
“John pulled him out of the water I grabbed his arm to help then ran up to the beach to get the lifeguard,” she said.
The three younger family members kept calm and helped John carry the man out of the surf. While they were waiting for the lifeguard and emergency services, two holidaymakers came to help who happened to be a doctor and a specialist from Sweden who administered CPR.
Port Douglas ambulance officer-incharge Ian Day has commended the Wilson and Campbell families for pulling the man out of the surf and promptly calling for help and said the man has a good chance of survival because of their quick-thinking actions.
After the lifeguards and ambulance officers stabilised the man, the emergency helicopter landed on Four Mile Beach and transported the man to Cairns Base Hospital.
Young heroes: Cooper Wilson, Madi Campbell and Chelsea Wilson