Duncan Watmore's holiday heroics have won praise from David Moyes - with the Sunderland forward hailed for his "incredible" actions that helped save three holidaymakers.
Watmore was enjoying a break in Barbados in February, recovering from an operation on a cruciate knee ligament injury, when the boat crash happened.
The 23-year-old and girlfriend Sophie were thrown overboard when a catamaran ploughed into the speedboat they were on during a fishing trip.
The crash, which broke the fishing boat in two, left three elderly passengers marooned.
But quick-thinking Watmore managed to get the three clear of the water before the coastguard arrived, climbing on to the catamaran to help pull up the other tourists and using his t-shirt to stem the bleeding from one victim's leg.
His manager has heaped praise on the forward, who is due to return to action in time for pre-season training.
Speaking about Watmore's heroic actions, Moyes said: "I didn’t know about it until I read it and asked him about it, but I’ve got to stay the story he told me was incredible.
"It’s a great thing he’s done; there was real danger and he helped save people’s lives.
"I think he was milking it a bit yesterday,” joked Moyes.
"He’s a really good boy, a humble boy, and he certainly wasn’t in boasting about it that’s for sure."
Watmore’s dad Ian, a former chief executive of the Football Association, told Sky Sports News HQ: "One [pensioner] had a hip replacement, one couldn’t swim and the other was over 80. It was real life or death.
"Duncan clambered up on the catamaran and the captain and he managed to get all the pensioners on board just as their boat sank.
"He takes after his mother clearly. We are very proud of him. He’s a wonderful lad. Thank God everyone was safe."
The livewire forward was ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage in the 2-1 win over Leicester City back in December.