December 15, 2008

One More Reason To Avoid Exercise

You never know what you will encounter while jogging.

The Darwin trio - two aged 18 and one 17 - allegedly bared all at the Nightcliff jetty before "shaking their genitals at each other" and jumping into the sea, police said yesterday.

But the nude act did not put a smile on NT surf life saving chief executive Tony Snelling, who said the trio were lucky to be alive.

"Jumping into the sea at this time of the year is absolutely stupid," he said.

"Coastal waters at this time of year have swarms of box jellyfish - one of the most venomous creatures on the planet. These jellyfish can kill and have caused more than 60 deaths in Australia over the past 100 years.

"They are difficult to see in the water because the main body of the jellyfish is colourless, but they have 40 ore more tentacles, each of which may be up to 2m long," Mr Snelling said.

A male passer-by reported the incident to police about 6.30am. The trio received an on-the-spot fine, worth $110, for the nude dash.

"They were fined for indecent behaviour in a public place," Sen-Sgt Harrison said.

It was not known if alcohol was involved [duh-ed]. Surf Life Saving NT used the case to urge Top Enders to wear protective clothes when entering the water.

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