Watch: Man Spots a Drowning Little Girl, Rescues Her In Touching Moment

Jay Dawson June 8th 2017 Entertainment
There are so many men and women who dedicate their lives to saving us from danger. Police, firefighters, and paramedics - they all play their role in making the world a better place, and they are justly celebrated for their incredible deeds. But what about the unsung heroes who risk their lives to simply make our beaches, our fun in the sun, a safe place to be? What about our lifeguards? Here's just one story of a lifeguard who saved a life, and changed a little girl's life forever...
A Terrifying Moment
It was an otherwise ordinary day at Bondi Beach in Australia, and both the usual crowds and the lifeguards were relaxed and enjoying the beautiful weather. But amongst this peaceful scene, a little girl was fighting for her life. She had entered the water for a swim, and gotten in way over her head. It looked as if it might be the last swim she would ever take.
As her arms flailed for help above the surface, time and time again she was swamped by the heavy surf. With swells breaking over her, she fought for each breath and was getting weaker and weaker. Soon she would have no more energy left to struggle. Soon she would go under for ever. If it wasn't for the trained eyes of a lifeguard in the tower, it would be another senseless tragedy. But his instant reaction, his heroism, will stun you...
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The Lifeguard Who Responded
The man in the video you're about to see is called Terry McDermott. He's been a lifeguard for years at Bondi Beach, and a very good one at that. Born and raised in the legendary surf spot of Maroubra, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, he has a lifetime love and respect for the mighty Pacific ocean, which crashes down over Australia's entire east coast.
Now living in Watson's Bay, a couple of miles north of Bondi, he's exactly what you would expect of a typical Australia. Bronzed by the sun, ripped like a bodybuilder, laconic, funny, and always in search of an extremely cold beer. The beach is his home, and he wouldn't dream of being anywhere else. He loves his job, and will not think twice in an emergency. He's the man you want when shit goes south - cool, calm, and professional.
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His Tragic Past
Beneath Terry McDermott's sunny and laidback exterior lies a tragic past. He's battled demons of his own, after the awful death of his infant daughter while she was being born. Many years ago, he was looking forward to the birth of his first child. But the baby was trapped in the birth canal for too long, and out of its protective amniotic sac, it badly needed oxygen that it couldn't get. His baby, in effect, drowned in what must have been an absolutely devastating blow.
Whether or not that has affected his life from then on, it must have been subconsciously playing in his mind when he saw that little girl out there, fighting for her life. Maybe every time he goes out there and saves someone, he is secretly trying to save his unborn daughter, again and again.
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Bondi Beach
The beach at the heart of this incredible rescue is the most famous beach in Australia, and one of the most iconic beaches in the world. Visitors and locals alike flock in their thousands to this sweeping crescent of powdery sand and brilliantly blue water. Surfers, too, are attracted to the incredible point break off the southern end, and it's not unusual to see the beach completely jam-packed full of people on a summer's day.
Located about 4 miles east of the city of Sydney, this is Australian beach living at its finest and most laidback. Coupled with the famous Bondi Icebergs ocean pool (swim there in winter and you'll understand where the name comes from), and the absolutely gorgeous vistas from the hills and clifftops at both ends of the beach, it's a tourist attraction like no other.
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Stunning Location, Killer Surf
Besides being a tourist attraction, Bondi Beach can also be a pretty damned dangerous place to be. Thanks to the formation of the beach and the often pounding surf, swimming in certain areas can be simply inviting tragedy. One infamous feature is called the "Backpacker's Rip", a riptide that can sweep you, without warning, quickly out to sea. It's named that way because it's usually located just in front of the bus stop, meaning people who come to Bondi from other places pick it as the first place to swim. Being a riptide, it's also much calmer-looking water than other parts of the beach.
But don't be fooled by the calm patch water. Below the surface, insanely strong currents will pick you up and carry you away. As anyone in Australia will tell you, always swim between the flags - you're a fool if you don't.
A Company Of Heroes
For such a busy beach with such dangerous conditions, Bondi Beach has a surprisingly low fatality rate. Aside from "Black Sunday" (a spate of drownings that occurred on one day in 1938) and a tragedy that occurred just a couple of months ago, very few people lose their lives at this famous landmark.
The major reason for this is the small band of heroes that constantly patrol this beach: the Bondi Lifesavers. Day in, day out, they're there to ensure no-one comes to harm. They're a highly trained, highly athletic, and fearless group of men and women who takes the public's safety - and the image of the beach - very seriously indeed. Without them and a rotating group of volunteer assistant lifeguards, thousands more people would have fallen victim to the difficult conditions. Not just at Bondi Beach, mind you: surf lifesavers are heroes along the entire stretch of Australia's 22,000 miles of coastline.
TV Stars
Nowadays, many people across the world have heard of the Bondi Lifesavers. Thanks to a little TV show called Bondi Rescue, these extremely attractive and very brave ladies and gentlemen have exploded onto the world scene. Millions of people in 100 countries have watched their ups and downs and daring exploits for close to 12 years now, and fallen in love with their iconic blue uniforms and particular brand of Aussie heroism.
136 episodes later, they're still the darlings of the TV industry and the viewing public. And still, all the fame and attention hasn't gotten to their heads. Despite the TV crews, despite the hounding of fans, they're still doing what they do best, and doing it very well. Even if there wasn't a camera watching their every move, they'd still be there saving lives.
Dealing With Some Unusual Incidents
These lifeguards don't just save lives, actually. Yes, that's an integral part of their job, but as the TV series shows, sometimes they find themselves in much more unusual (and sometimes, downright hilarious) situations. In amongst the rescues are stories of lost children, shark scares, bluebottle stings, injuries, drunk beachgoers and thieves on the beach.
In one memorable incident, they tended to a man who had his penis partially chewed off by a very rowdy dog. Others have included beach nudists, Paris Hilton, and even the entire Indian Cricket Team. Since they're also responsible for nearby Bronte and Tamarama beaches, there's never any shortage of tales to tell. And with lifeguards named "Bacon", "Quiggers", "Yak", and "Lionel Hutz", you can see why this show is loved worldwide. Most of the time, it's just a hell of a lot of fun.
Scandals Of Their Own
Sometimes, though, these lifesavers have problems of their own. They're not always the squeaky clean heroes that they appear to be on camera. Although they do their jobs professionally and excellently, personal issues and problems between club members have often spilled over into the mainstream media.
Just last year, the show and club were rocked by allegations that the lifeguards had received tens of thousands of dollars in unauthorized payments from Red Bull and Mars. Alongside that, several lifeguards were involved in an altercation in a famous Bondi nightclub, and one lifesaver ended up in rehab. The chief lifeguard, Bruce "Hoppo" Hopkins, has also come under fire for taking his wife on a jetski to retrieve a body from the surf. And she was definitely not a lifeguard herself. Coupled with occasional in-fighting and a brawl or two, it's a sometimes tumultuous life for these boys and girls.
Watch This Incredible Moment Unfold
All of that scandal, though, doesn't change the truth of this moment. As this video shows, both Terry McDermott and his colleagues will always be heroes, no matter what. When spies this young girl from the shore, there are no thoughts about anything else but her safety. His instant reaction to save this drowning girl's life will truly shed a shiver down your spine.
Watch the video and you'll no doubt agree: the world needs more men and women with the courage that this man has. In these dark and uncertain times, to be sure, more and more tales of bravery under extreme circumstances are coming out. Would you have what it takes to try and save one person's life? Do you think you're ready to leap into action without thinking? Could you be like this man?
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50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller. She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
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