SYDNEY (AFP) – A pair of sunbathers who ran into bushland after being “startled” by a deer have been rescued, and promptly fined for breaching coronavirus rules, Australian police said yesterday.
Police said the men had been sunbaking on a remote beach south of Sydney, before they fled into the Royal National Park to escape the animal.
Emergency services launched a ground and air search after the lost duo called for help shortly after dark on Sunday.
A 30-year-old man was discovered first on a walking track. A partially clothed 49-year-old was found later.
“It’s difficult to legislate against idiots,” said New South Wales State Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.
“But clearly putting people at risk by leaving home without a proper reason… and then getting lost in the national park and diverting important resources away from the health operation, I think they should be embarrassed.”
The men were fined USD760 for breaking stay-at-home orders by travelling outside Sydney, which is currently in lockdown to curb a growing Covid-19 outbreak.
They were among more than 40 people fined for breaching health rules in New South Wales state on Sunday, police said.