Deadly jellyfish strikes prompt beach closure
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.”