’Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec rescues family stranded on lake: 'Sharks can be nice too'

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Seeing a shark in the water is never a good sign... that is unless you’re in distress and the shark is Robert Herjavec.

The “Shark Tank” judge recently helped a family that was stranded on the water due to boat problems.

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According to PEOPLE, Herjavec was out jet skiing when he saw a “boat drifting with a dad and his three kids, waving their arms frantically.”

“My first thought was they must love “Shark Tank,” but then I realized they were out of gas and stranded,” he explained to the outlet.

When the businessman got closer, he realized it was former pro hockey player Tom Lawson, along with his wife Breann and three children, Ava, 15, Faith, 14, and Luke, 11.

Since it was beginning to get dark out and the “unlit aluminum boat” was “not meant to be out at night," he said there was a “sense of urgency” to get them to safety.

Herjavec, who was on a Sea-Doo along with his wife, found a “rope, tied it to the jet ski,” and “towed them back to their lake house.”

He called out the irony of saving a fireman who otherwise always does the rescuing: “Now I get to say I rescued a fireman.”

On the bright side, the family, who were “Shark Tank” fans, also got a photo op. “See, sharks can be nice too!” Herjavec joked.

Lawson echoed Herjavec’s story telling the outlet the fishing boat experienced trouble about “1km away” from their cottage.

He said Herjavec “did not hesitate” to help out and that he was as “nice in person as he appears on TV.”

Following the heroic rescue, the family recalled that “he drove off into the sunset like a true hero.”

Lawson’s mom-in-law, Yvonne Murphy, tweeted the group photo and expressed gratitude to Herjavec for rescuing the family, noting that they would be “forever grateful.”

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