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TITANIC STAR TO THE RESCUE: In the hit 1997 movie Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack Dawson dies after the cruise ship he is on hits an iceberg.

Early this week came news that the actor (above, left) made sure that the same fate did not happen to a 24-year-old Frenchman who had fallen from a cruise ship.

DiCaprio, 45, was cruising in the Caribbean with friends on New Year’s Eve when the captain of the yacht he was on received a request for help.

According to Esquire, they managed to find the man only after a search that took many hours and which was close to being called off with daylight receding. The man, who had willed himself not to give up by treading water for 11 hours, was later handed over to the local coast guard.

On dry land, DiCaprio is also lending a helping hand, with his environmental organisation Earth Alliance pledging US$3 million (S$4.1 million) to support bushfire relief efforts in Australia.

In November, the Oscar-winning actor met activist Greta Thunberg (above, right), calling the 17-year-old “a leader of our time” and revealing that the two have “made a commitment to support one another”.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2020, with the headline 'On social media'. Print Edition | Subscribe