Swarm of bees attacks woman
A swarm of bees attacked a woman at Harriett M. Wieder Regional Park in Huntington Beach on Saturday morning.
The Huntington Beach Fire Department received a call shortly after 9 a.m. and arrived to find bees “swarming all over” the woman, Capt. Robert Culhane said.
“They were really aggressive. As soon as we came on, they started coming after us,” Culhane said. He suspected the insects were Africanized honeybees because of their size and aggression.
Firefighters tried to deter the bees with a water-foam mixture — the foam strips the bees of their ability to fly, Culhane said. When they were able to approach the victim, they found even more bees “meshed into the hair,” he said.
The firefighter operating the hose was stung twice but did not need medical attention, Culhane said.
The woman is in her 40s and her condition was unknown, said Huntington Beach Fire Capt. Steve Teasdale.