Stung by deadly jel­ly­fish

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell and Glenn Cord­ing­ley

A Broome child­care worker has told of the crip­pling pain she ex­pe­ri­enced after be­ing stung by a po­ten­tially deadly Irukandji jel­ly­fish, which led to the clo­sure of a packed Ca­ble Beach last week.

Speak­ing from Broome Hos­pi­tal last Wed­nes­day, Rhi­an­non Pet­ti­crew, 20, said she went swim­ming at the beach with friends about 8am.

“I just felt a sting­ing pain on my chest and got out of the water,” Ms Pet­ti­crew said. “About 10 min­utes later my whole body started to ache, I couldn’t walk prop­erly and I had chest pains and I was strug­gling to do any­thing.”

Friends were quick to drive her to hos­pi­tal.

“It was prob­a­bly one of the worst pains I have ever come across,” Ms Pet­ti­crew, who has lived in Broome for 19 years, said. “I didn’t nec­es­sar­ily think I was go­ing to die, but it was a very bad pain — my whole body was aching.”

Ms Pet­ti­crew said she did not col­lapse on the beach in the min­utes after she made it back to shore. “It wasn’t what I was ex­pect­ing be­cause I was look­ing for proper ten­ta­cle marks like the lines the jel­ly­fish usu­ally leave but it just left a big red patch over my chest and on my back,” she said.

“It was dif­fer­ent to what I was ex­pect­ing it to be or what I was look­ing for in the first place.”

A spokesper­son for WA Coun­try Health con­firmed she had been treated for a sus­pected Irukandji sting.

Ca­ble Beach was closed on Sun­day after an­other con­firmed Irukandji sting and was re­opened on Mon­day morn­ing.

Rhi­an­non Pet­ti­crew

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