Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has helped rescue two women who came into difficulty at an Algarve beach when their kayak capsized.
The president, 71, was pictured on Saturday swimming over to the kayakers who were struggling in the water.
He later told reporters that the women had been swept by currents from a neighbouring beach into the bay.
President Rebelo de Sousa is currently on holiday in the Algarve in a bid to promote tourism there.
Portugal’s economy relies heavily on its tourism industry, which has been hugely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The president had just spoken to journalists at Praia do Alvor beach when he noticed the women struggling.
Video footage caught the moment he swam into the sea to assist them. Another man was already there, trying to help turn the canoe over while a person on a jet ski also approached to offer help.
The man on the jet ski then managed to tow the kayak back to the shore.
After assisting the women, President Rebelo de S