Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Stingray Hit Injures Angler

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Stingray Hit Injures Angler

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Byline: Jannette Parke

Stingray facts

Stingrays do not actually attack; injuries from these placid, sharklike creatures are usually defensive actions.

Stingrays often burrow under the sand in shallow water and the usual method of injury is a reflex forward whip of the tail when thea wingsa are trodden on.

The tail's barb may embed in the skin of the victim and break off, or glance across the skin causing a laceration, which may be quite deep and extensive.

The wound is usually acutely painful. Most occur on the lower limbs but there have been deaths in Australia after the barb penetrated the heart and serious injuries have also occurred after the barb pierced the chest or abdomen.

Medical treatment

Medical advice should be sought if stung by a stingray.

First aid is hot water immersion (as hot as the person is able to tolerate). The heat neutralizes the painful effects of the venom.

Treatment includes analgesia, thorough wound cleaning and regular review for secondary infection.

As with any envenomation, marine or otherwise, tetanus immunisation is advised.

A HUMBLE vacuum flask of hot water would probably have saved a Rainbow Beach angler from the excruciating pain of a stingray hit.

Stung on the right arm while fishing at Carlo Creek last Thursday, Graham Tyford found himself rushed to hospital after a routine fishing trip saw him hook what he thought afelt like a good size flatheada.

The Brisbane man can afford to laugh about what could well have been a much more serious incident now he's home and feeling much better. He's even feeling game enough to blame athe other halfa.

He reckons it may have been his wife being a little too eager to land athe flatheada for him that created the error of judgment.

aDon't let your wife bring a stingray on the boat,a he chuckled when telling the story to The Gympie Times yesterday.

aMy wife grabbed the landing net and I didn't see what it was until it was in the boat and my wife more or less dropped it on my lap,a he said. …

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