Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Burning Pain Lasted an Hour

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Burning Pain Lasted an Hour

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Peter Carruthers

WHITSUNDAY TIMES

news@dailymercury.com.au

SCOTT MacGregor says being stung by a box jellyfish feels like "your skin is on fire".

Mr MacGregor was catching live bait with a cast net at the Proserpine River boat ramp on Conway Rd when he inadvertently caught a huge stinger.

"I actually got stung across my hands and on my back and across my legs," he said. "It wasn't a bad sting ... if I had had the tentacles fully on me it would have been a lot worse."

Mr MacGregor said he hadn't required hospitalisation and treated the sting with vinegar at the scene. But he described the pain as "phenomenal".

"It feels like a fire sensation. I felt the pain for a good hour (and) when I got home I was itchy all night." On Facebook last weekend, Mr MacGregor posted a warning to online users of the Airlie Beach Buy Swap and Sell page:

"Hey girls and guys, I got this beauty of a box jelly today up the river but please don't swim or let your kids swim in the ocean or in closer as they are everywhere," he wrote. …

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