Nudists rescue sinking yacht at start of Sydney Hobart race

The Telegraph (UK). By Harriet Alexander.

Trust the British press to pick up on this one!

A group of struggling sailors in Sydney were given a surprising rescue when they found themselves being hauled to shore by a nudists.

A small wooden boat had sailed out to watch the start of the annual Sydney to Hobart race, which sees 100 vessels set out on Boxing Day every year. Michael Clarke, the recently-retired Australian cricket captain, was one of a handful of celebrities taking part in the 628 nautical mile race, which drew 600,000 to the Harbour to watch the start.

But as spectators were walking back along the coast, they saw a boat get in to trouble near Lady Bay Beach – a popular site for nudists.

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

Mr Pearce said that a crowd of people swimming in the sea came to their rescue, in waters around three feet deep.

After the woman and child were rescued from the boat, those left on board started to see the funny side of the situation. Photographs of the rescue show at least one man on board grinning as nude men surrounded the boat, ready to lend a hand. 

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