Former Olympic rower James Cracknell leapt into action to save a drowning grandfather and grandson at Croyde Beach. The double gold medallist, who was with his 11-year-old son Croyde named after the beach on Saturday, jumped in to save Emerson Fairclough, seven, and his granddad Jim Greatorex. Croyde alerted his father and they were able to help the pair, with Mr Greatorex, 67, stunned by who their rescuers were, according to tweets from the sportsmans wife Beverley Turner. She tweeted: Everyone walked away, shaken but fine. The nearly-drowned granddad: that lad on that board saved my life + bloody hell. Its the rower! Mr Greatorex had gone into the water fully clothed to help Emerson when the pair spotted them. Ms Turner added: You never know how your kids will respond in a crisis ... @croydecracknell was cool, quick thinking, kind and brave. She told the Daily Mirror: Croyde just shouted to James, Dad, dad, theres a boy drowning and the lad was going under and was in a bad way at that point. James swam over to the boy while Croyde went to the older man and told him to hold onto his board. Mr Cracknell also tweeted: Eventful day with my little man on beach. Thankfully everyone safe, Good to be able to help & so proud of my lad.