The stingers have made their first appearance for the season

MARINE STINGERS

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THEY'RE HERE: The high risk period for marine stingers has arrived in Port Douglas. Image: Newsport.
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The first possible stinger injury of the season has been recorded at Mossman Hospital over the weekend.

A spokesperson for Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service confirmed a man was treated for a suspected Irukandji sting.

The 36-yer-old man was rushed to hospital following reporting to the volunteer life savers on duty after swimming on Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, yesterday.

He was released from hospital this morning.

Regional Manger North QLD Surf Life Saving, Rob Davidson, said this incident is the first recorded stinger injury of the season. 

“We received notification from Queensland Ambulance that one person was transported to hospital with a potential Irukandji sting but we have no further information than that,” he said.

“If it is Irukandji, this is the first reported sting of the season we have been made aware of.”

While North Queensland doesn’t have a stinger-free season, Mr Davidson said the high-danger period is upon us and it’s up to all to take the necessary safety precautions.

“The stinger nets are out and will remain in place until late May or June, depending on how the season progresses,” he said. 

“While the nets are in, we encourage people to swim in the marine stinger resistant enclosures, preferably with a lifeguard on duty.”

“At this time of year, we recommend people wear stinger suits, even when swimming in the net.

“If you don’t have a stinger suit, a long sleeve rashie will do - the more skin covering you have the safer you are.

“Particularly young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with a medical condition should seek advice form life guard before entering the water.”

Check if your local beach's opening hours is effected by the presence of stingers here.

 

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