Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Severe Sting Fails to Stop Ironman

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Severe Sting Fails to Stop Ironman

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Byline: ANTHONY BRAND

SURF LIFESAVING: Despite being taken from training by ambulance last week after a suspected jellyfish bite, Rhys Burrows reckons he is ready for round two of the Surf Ironman Qualifying Series tomorrow.

Burrows was swimming with his Noosa training crew when he felt a sharp burn shoot up his back, forcing him on to the beach.

With waves lapping over him on the shore, he lay screaming as the pain increased to the point of agony.

The 19-year-old made his way to the club showers, where he poured hot water over his wounds -- a practice usually used to treat blue bottle stings.

But this was no ordinary sting.

"At first I thought it was a blue bottle, but I quickly knew it wasn't that because I was on fire," Burrows said.

"It was a very intense pain so I had a hot shower but 20 minutes later I was still crying, begging it to stop."

Burrows was taken by ambulance to hospital, where doctors tried to diagnose the mystery stinger to no avail. …

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