Family rescued from Studland nudist beach as boat sinks

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A family had to be rescued after their boat began sinking and they became stranded on a nudist beach in Dorset.

The 21ft (6.4m) cabin cruiser began sinking as they passed Studland Bay on Sunday afternoon.

A couple and their two young children manage to get to the beach with their boat before it sank.

The Poole RNLI lifeboat was called to the scene where they found the family who were shaken but unhurt and took them back Poole.

'Trauma of surroundings'

A spokeswoman for RNLI said: "Unfortunately for them the nearest bit of land though was in the middle of the naturist beach at Studland.

"Apart from being shaken [the family was] OK.

"But the children had the additional trauma of the surroundings so they were taken on board the inshore lifeboat and distracted from the scene."

Two pumps were put in their boat to keep the water out as it was towed back to Baiter Park, where a 6in (15cm) hole was found in the hull during an examination.

Update 27 October, 2011: Following a complaint from British Naturism, the RNLI issued an apology for the comments made by its spokesman in this story. In a statement, it said: "We are sorry if the reporting of this incident caused offence - this certainly was not our intention. We are an apolitical organisation and we do not comment on lifestyle choices (though we appreciate this may have inadvertently happened on this occasion)."

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