Wild wrestling stuns beachgoers
Sydney's Indian summer concluded with a bang over the weekend when perplexed sunbakers were treated to a spot of amateur wrestling on one of the city's busiest beaches.
Kensington resident Tom Davies was just rubbing some factor-50 into his shoulders at Coogee Beach on Sunday - as the mercury hit a balmy top of 26C in the early afternoon - when he heard wild yelling from behind him.
He told news.com.au beachgoers turned their heads and held their breath collectively as a man loudly argued with lifeguards.
A Randwick City Council spokeswoman said its lifeguards approached the man at the packed beach - and alleged he "appeared heavily intoxicated and was witnessed being abusive to other beachgoers".
"The man then became abusive towards the lifeguards and he was asked to leave the beach," she said.
"He picked up a bag from the beach, and when lifeguards asked him to verify it belonged to him, he became violent."
Video footage of the incident shows, at this point, a member of the public became involved.
Mr Davies said it appeared as though the mystery member of the public was trying to calm things down, but the other man continued to try and walk off with the bag.
Footage shows there was a raucous chorus of cheers from beachgoers as the lifeguards, aided by the mysterious beach hero, wrestled the man to the ground - face planting him into the sand.
The council spokeswoman told news.com.au lifeguards restrained the man until police arrived.
Mr Davies said there was another collective cheer as police officers arrived.
"It was a pretty shocking thing to see at such a crowded beach," he said. "It's not really the type of thing you expect to see when you're rubbing in suncream."