Chinese police 'sacked after nude swim makes waves'

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Photo taken on July 25, 2011 shows a Chinese boy diving into the Yangtze River in Wuhan
Photo taken on July 25, 2011 shows a Chinese boy diving into the Yangtze River in Wuhan. Eight Chinese policemen were sacked Monday after their naked swim at a tourist venue made waves online, state media said

Eight Chinese policemen were sacked Monday after their naked swim at a tourist venue made waves online, state media said.

The auxiliary police officers were dismissed for "causing a negative impact on the image of the police", Xinhua news agency quoted the public security bureau of Lushan county in the central province of Henan as saying.

It said the dismissals came after photos circulated online showing the eight skinny-dipping or standing on the shore, with their uniforms on the bank. Two police vehicles were parked nearby.

The person who posted the pictures online said the nude swim occurred at a scenic tourist spot in Lushan.

Three of the men's superiors have received penalties ranging from demerits to dismissal, authorities said.