Clothes free beach goers to the rescue

Nudist swimmers to the rescue

Nudist swimmers to the rescue

It quickly became apparent that those on board needed help – and luckily, some keen swimmers leapt into action
CHRISTOPHER PEARCE

It quickly became apparent that those on board needed help – and luckily, some keen swimmers leapt into action

Hundreds of people watched a cheeky rescue unfold on Saturday afternoon after a small boat got into trouble and started sinking during the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in Sydney east, Australia.

About 1.30pm, masses of spectators began to walk from South Head back towards Watsons Bay after watching the fleet of more than 100 yachts depart Sydney Harbour for the annual race.

As the crowds passed Lady Bay Beach, which caters to nudists, some began to giggle.

At first, Chris Pearce thought the boat was coming in to drop someone off.
CHRISTOPHER PEARCE

At first, Chris Pearce thought the boat was coming in to drop someone off.

Then, a small boat close to shore got into trouble.

Getty photographer Chris Pearce, who was walking back with the crowd after taking photos of the racing yachts, said nothing seemed amiss at first as the wooden boat came around Sydney Heads and started to pull close to the beach.

“The boat came angling into the shore, which was a bit weird. I thought maybe they were dropping someone off,” Pearce said.

“But then a guy with a kid started screaming at the people on the shore, saying expletives, ‘come help, come help’.”

“You could see a fair bit of water on the boat.”

A handful of nudists responded to the man’s cry for help, as did other beachgoers who were more appropriately dressed for the beach.

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