Ambos urge stinger safety

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PARAMEDICS are urg­ing swim­mers to ex­er­cise cau­tion at lo­cal beaches and watch out for po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous ma­rine life af­ter a spate of re­cent in­ci­dents.

Moss­man para­medic David Kain said four peo­ple have been stung in Port Dou­glas by the po­ten­tially deadly irukandji jel­ly­fish in the past four months along with a num­ber of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing box jel­ly­fish and st­ingrays.

“In the past month alone, paramedics in the Port Dou­glas and Moss­man ar­eas have been called to a num­ber of cases in­volv­ing stings from the po­ten­tially deadly irukandji jel­ly­fish, as well as in­juries from ex­tremely painful stingray barbs,” Mr Kain said.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to en­joy the Port Dou­glas beaches, but it is im­por­tant to re­main aware of the dan­gers you can en­counter in the ocean.

“We just want peo­ple to know these an­i­mals are out and about even as win­ter ap­proaches.”

Mr Kain also stressed the im­por­tance of treat­ing stings quickly and cor­rectly.

“Don’t let the vic­tim rub the sting, but do douse the af­fected area with vine­gar, and if pos­si­ble, ap­ply cold packs to the af­fected area,” he said.

“In more se­vere cases, the vic­tim’s breath­ing and heart may stop. In this case, phone 000 im­me­di­ately and com­mence CPR, which is the best chance of sur­vival.”

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