Topless Sunbather Saves Three Women From Drowning On UK Naturist Beach
A sun worshipper is being hailed a hero after saving a family from drowning - while topless. All in a day's work. Not all heroes wear capes. Or anything, as it turns out.
Jessica Layton, from Penzance in Cornwall was soaking up the sun on a naturist beach near Porthcurno on Tuesday (23 June) when the drama unfolded.
The 28-year-old was enjoying a swim when she noticed three women that were in danger and snapped into action.
"It was just after 3pm and the tide was coming in. I decided to go for a final
dip before going home.
"I was topless in the sea when I saw two young women struggling to swim near rocks. Another member of the family ran in to help them and she started struggling too.
"I swam towards them and thought 'oh s**t' as I realised how strong the rip current was. I was struggling myself and they were panicking, which wasn't ideal in a situation like that."
The incident involved two sisters and a cousin. Jessica went on: "I was going to tell them to float, which is the best thing you can do in a rip current, but they were panicking so much it wouldn't have worked.
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"They were all holding hands, so I grabbed one of their hands and pulled them all on to the beach."
Jessica - who is a performer with Cornwall's popular Rogue Theatre - added: "One of the women said 'aren't you strong?' afterwards - I'm not sure where the strength came from."
The actor and singer is a regular on the nudist beach and says people watching her rescue may have seen a lot more.
"Fortunately, I'd just put my bikini bottoms on before it happened. It's a classic - of course I was going to be topless when something like this happens."
She said the family were really grateful for her heroic actions and asked if she was a lifeguard.
Pedn Vounder doesn't have lifeguard cover and is renowned among locals for being dangerous due to rip currents caused by the incoming tide.
Jessica added: "It's lucky I was there - it's really weird thinking it happened, I can't quite grasp it."
Jessica's friends have hailed her a hero online. With one pal claiming: "not all heroes wear capes, some of them don't even wear bikini tops".
Another posted on Facebook: "Local hero saves family from certain death with her norks out!" Others called her 'amazing' and a 'legend'.
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