Deadly jel­ly­fish strikes prompt beach clo­sure

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Do­minic Geiger

FOUR Mile Beach is likely to be closed again in the com­ing days as north-west­erly winds drive deadly jel­ly­fish into the pop­u­lated area.

Three peo­ple were hos­pi­talised over the week­end af­ter suf­fer­ing stings, all be­lieved to be due to irukandji.

In the first in­ci­dent, two peo­ple — a 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman — had to be flown to Cairns Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment af­ter be­ing stung at Cape Tribu­la­tion on Satur­day evening.

A Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokesman said the two be­gan suf­fer­ing chest pains about 6.15pm. They were dis­charged from hos­pi­tal the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

In the se­cond in­ci­dent, a 22year-old woman was taken to Moss­man Hos­pi­tal about 1pm on Sun­day af­ter be­ing stung on the thigh while swim­ming at Port Dou­glas.

Surf Life Sav­ing Queens­land re­gional man­ager Col Sparkes said Four Mile Beach at Port Dou­glas was closed im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the sting­ing in­ci­dents.

“We’ve got winds chang­ing to the north again this week. We will have the an­i­mals back again, but hope­fully not in the num­bers we’ve seen,” he said.

“It’s not a good feel­ing when we’ve got four days of north-west­er­lies and that’s what we’re look­ing at.”

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