Members of an all-female river rescue team with hidden cameras on their helmets Photo: EuroPics
An all-female lifeguard team in China has reportedly been plagued by men pretending to drown so they can be rescued by the women.
It means the lifeguards at the White Swan Women's Rafting Rescue Team, who work around rapids in Sanmenxia canyon in Henan province in central China, are now said to be given hidden cameras to protect them,
After complaints from some of the women that men were deliberately falling into the water so they could grope their rescuers, the whole team has reportedly been kitted out with cameras.
The cameras are said to be disguised as grass and will be pinned to the girls' costumes, to record any inappropriate action by 'drowning' men.
A spokesman for the local tourism board told the China News Service that the recordings would later be used as evidence.
"The cameras are more to protect the safety and dignity of the female lifeguards themselves rather than anything else," he said.
"We want to discourage people from putting their lives and the lives of the girls at risk, with dangerous stunts.
"The gadget will be used to record, and use as evidence, any inappropriate behaviour displayed by men who purposely jump into the water and pretend they need help, in an attempt to come in to physical contact with the girls."
The spokesman added that there was a real risk that somebody might drown in one of the men's ill-intentioned attempts to take advantage of the female rescuers.
He added: "The cameras will help to root out uncivilised behaviour, or at least help to decrease the number of incidents."