Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Stinger Strikes Island Tourist

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Stinger Strikes Island Tourist

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Byline: Tom Williams tom.williams@dailymercury.com.au

A TOURIST stung by an irukandji jellyfish near Hayman Island was airlifted to Mackay last night in a serious condition.

The sting happened around the same time as Mackay's Harbour Beach was closed for 24 hours after an irukandji was netted there.

The beach closure came after an on-duty female lifeguard suffered a suspected irukandji sting while training around 3.30pm.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said the lifeguard was not transported to hospital, as the sting was non-life threatening.

The 43-year-old man, who was holidaying on Hayman, was stung on the back while swimming, a RACQ-CQ Rescue spokesperson said last night.

"He was in a serious condition prior to being treated by CQ Rescue's intensive care paramedic," the spokesperson said. He was admitted to Mackay Base Hospital about 7.15pm.

Surf Lifesaving Queensland North Barrier regional manager Peter Roulston said the Mackay lifeguard could have been stung by a number of things. …

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