A NUDE sunbather has been hailed a hero for saving a family of three from drowning in a rip current – while topless.
Jessica Layton was sunbathing on the naturist beach at Pedn Vounder near Porthcurno, Cornwall, on Tuesday when the drama unfolded.
One of her friends said "not all heroes wear capes, some of them don't even wear bikini tops".
The 28-year-old, who was making the most of the sunny weather said: "It was just after 3pm and the tide was coming in. I decided to go for a final rip before going home.
"I was topless in the sea when I saw two teenage girls struggling to swim near rocks, their mum 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.
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!
"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.
"They were all holding hands, so I grabbed one of their hands and pulled them all on to the beach."
Jessica – who performs with Cornwall's Rogue Theatre – said: "The mum said 'aren't you strong?' afterwards – I'm not sure where the strength came from."
People watching the rescue may have caught more than an eyeful.
She is a regular at the naturist beach and said: "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!"
The beach does not have a lifeguard and is known for its rip currents.
Jessica said:"It's lucky I was there. It's really weird thinking it happened. I can't quite grasp it."
One pal posted on Facebook "local hero saves family from certain death with her norks out."
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