Kids swimming in the Sea of Galilee.
Kids swimming in the Sea of Galilee. Photo by Yaron Kaminsky
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Republican congressman Kevin Yoder went skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee during a congressional fact-finding trip to Israel in August of 2011, Politico reported on Sunday.

More than twenty people reportedly took part in the night swim, including several Republican lawmakers and staff and their families, after a dinner at a Tiberius restaurant that involved drinking.

The next morning, Rep. Eric Cantor, the senior lawmaker in the delegation, castigated the lawmakers over the episode.

Later, the FBI reportedly contacted one of the staffers that took part in the swim, asking if anything inappropriate happened that night. The probe apparently failed to find any wrongdoing.

In a statement to Politico, Yoder said, “A year ago, my wife, Brooke, and I joined colleagues for dinner at the Sea of Galilee in Israel. After dinner I followed some Members of Congress in a spontaneous and very brief dive into the sea and regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit.”

He added that he was sorry for any embarrassment that he may have caused his constituents.  

The trip was sponsored by the American Israel Educational Foundation, an organization related to AIPAC, and including visits to holy sites and meeting with Israeli politicians.

In response to the report, a number of lawmakers told Politico that they took part in the swim because of the "religious significance" of the site.