THE humble tradie who rescued a man who crashed his ute into the Brisbane River this week says he was more impressed that he still managed to get to work on time.

Reluctant hero Lincoln Sherlock told his full story for the first time on Ten's The Project on Thursday night in a hilarious interview with the panel.

The 39-year-old Springfield Lakes man rejected talk of him being a hero.

"To be honest I didn't really think it was that much of a big deal," he said.

The roofer admitted he was a little worried about being able to get the man back in, saying he wasn't a very good swimmer.

"I didn't think there was anything dangerous about the rescue but did stop long enough to remove a couple of layers of clothing to make the swim easier.

"I thought 'I don't want to be fully clothed and then he's obviously going to be fully clothed unless something funny happened'," he joked.

Hero tradie Lincoln Sherlock. Photo: The Project
Hero tradie Lincoln Sherlock. Photo: The Project

Lincoln left the scene of his heroic act before police could even talk to him, saying he didn't think there was any need to stick around.

He said he was just trying to make it to work on time.

"I got to the job and I was still in front of everyone. I was pretty impressed with that," he said.

The Project co-host Waleed Aly chimed in:  "You save a guy's life and you're impressed by the fact you turned up to work on time?", he asked.

The Project crew joked that Lincoln would do well with the ladies after his new-found fame, even telling him they had set up a Tinder account for him.

He joked he would be happy to 'fire up that Tinder account' but said he would probably just catch up with this brothers, have a quiet beer, and "stay out of the spotlight for a while".

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