Police in the Australian state of New South Wales have fined two naked beachgoers who had to be rescued after being startled by a deer and running into a forest.
The two men were violating coronavirus lockdowns by sunbathing naked on a remote beach south of Sydney, according to NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, but their offense was compounded when they fled into the Royal National Park and became lost after being startled by a deer.
After authorities came to their aid Sunday evening, the men, aged 30 and 49, were fined $760 for violating COVID-19 rules.
Stay-at-home orders were issued earlier in the day to residents of Sydney and many other parts of the state, as Australia scrambled to combat the rapidly spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Despite the fact that the men were fined, Fuller claims that their actions cost the community more because of the resources required to track them down.
"It's difficult to legislate against idiots," the commissioner said, adding that "clearly, they should be embarrassed" for putting people at risk by leaving home without a valid reason and then getting lost in a national park, diverting important resources away from the health operation.