Pride of Britain Awards 2018 viewers were moved to tears just minutes into the awards show on ITV on Tuesday.
Carol Vorderman hosted the show, and introduced the audience and viewers to a heroic teenager who saved his dad in a terrifying accident at sea.
The pair’s kayak capsized off the coast of Anglesey earlier this year, leaving both of them in a life or death situation.
Dad Paul initially told son Joe, then 13, to sit on the upturned kayak, planning to tow him to safety.
Paul then began to struggle in the water and wasn’t able to get any closer to land.
Shortly after, as the pair began to kick themselves to shore, Paul lost consciousness.
After reaching surrounding rocks, Joe bravely jumped back into the water realising his dad urgently needed help.
Joe was able to drag Paul back to the rocks, before performing CPR on his dad.
Paul broke down in tears in a clip shown during the awards, as he revealed how he feared he and Joe would die.
He shared how his son saved his life, before Joe was introduced to the stage and presented with an award by Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff.
Taking to Twitter, fans confessed the story left them in tears, with one fan saying: “I’m in bits already.”
Another said: “Sobbing my eyes out already,” as a third tweeted: “Oh god, 7 minutes into #prideofbritain and am in absolute floods.”
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