Police in New South Wales fined two men for violating coronavirus restrictions after a deer caught them sunbathing naked on a beach south of Sydney and ran into the bush, getting lost and in need of rescue.
Police sent a helicopter to search for the couple, who were fined $ 1,000 for violating public health orders amid a coronavirus outbreak that has seen residents in the Sydney metropolitan area locked up and prohibited from traveling outside of your local area.
It is not clear how the deer scared the men and what made them jump into the bush to escape.
Authorities located a naked 30-year-old man with a backpack on the trail near Lady Wakehurst Drive in Royal National Park, about 25 miles south of Sydney city center.
After a new search, they were also able to find a 49-year-old man, who was “partially clothed” according to a statement from the NSW police.
The men told officers they had been on a nearby beach when they ran into the bushes after being startled by a deer.
The men were taken to St George Police Station and fined for failure to comply with public health orders prohibiting Sydney residents from traveling outside the city.
The news also provided a distraction for many on Twitter, who had tuned in at the NSW press conference Monday morning for an update on the Covid-19 outbreak in the state.
New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told reporters about the bathers at the press conference, saying it was “difficult to legislate against idiots.”
“Clearly putting people at risk by leaving home without a proper reason, and I think on top of that, getting lost in the national park and diverting important resources from the health operation, I think they should be ashamed,” Fuller said. .
“But again, they both received a $ 1,000 fine. Now, it is only a small percentage of the people of New South Wales who do not follow the health guidelines, but I can assure you that if you violate the health orders or the guidelines, you will be punished. “
Police said 44 fines were issued Sunday for noncompliance with public health orders, and four of those were also $ 200 violations for not wearing a tight-fitting face cover.
“Police have received hundreds of calls from the public over the weekend reporting possible violations of public health orders and would like to thank the vast majority of the community for their cooperation with the new rules.”
The warnings come after Greater Sydney, the central coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong were blocked on Saturday as authorities scramble to contain an outbreak of the most infectious Delta variant of Covid-19.
As part of the confinement, residents can only leave their homes for necessary reasons, such as to buy food and groceries, to work or educate themselves if it is impossible at home, for medical reasons, or for outdoor exercise and “outdoor recreation. ”.
Fuller was asked if sunbathing naked on a remote beach constituted an outdoor recreation, but his answer was interrupted by a man who issued him a “cease and desist notice” and claimed that he was the “first creator of this land”.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism