updated 04/02/2013 AT 10:25 AM ET
•originally published 04/02/2013 AT 11:15 AM ET
Safe and sound … and homeward bound.
Heidi Klum and her family arrived back in Los Angeles on Monday after an exciting end to their vacation to Hawaii.
Perched on the back of a golf cart, Klum, 39 and her oldest son, Henry, 7, looked happy to be home, especially after a trip to a Hawaiian beach turned dangerous.
In a statement, Klum explained the harrowing scene: “We got pulled into the ocean by a big wave. Of course, as a mother, I was very scared for my child and everyone else in the water,” she said.
“Henry is a strong swimmer and was able to swim back to land. We were able to get everyone out safely.”