Masturbator ‘washes hands’ before fleeing beach
Two young women have been left traumatised after they claim to have seen a man pleasuring himself while watching them sunbake at Noosa.
The women, both aged 20, were sunbaking at Sunshine Beach, near the Noosa National Park, on Friday as their male friends went fishing nearby.
One of the women told the Daily she was reading her book in her bikini while her friend slept under a towel. As she stood up, she said she saw the man sitting with "one leg up", his pants down and his hand moving up and down.
"I felt really uncomfortable because I was just sitting there in my bikinis," she said. "We didn't know what to do."
When the women's friends came back and saw the man, they chased him into the water, where he "washed his hands".
"The boys went up to him and he claimed not to speak English," the woman said.
They managed to take a photograph of him to show police before the man fled the beach.
She said they intended to make a formal report as soon as Noosa Police Station reopened.
The woman said it was "disgusting and upsetting" to think someone would masturbate in such a public space.
"I just felt really helpless," she said. "You don't know what to do in that situation."
"No one should have to go through that. It's not a nice experience."
A police spokeswoman said these types of incidents were unfortunately not uncommon but investigations would be made.