Boy, 10, stung by irukandji
A BOY has been airlifted to hospital after being stung by an irukandji in the Whitsundays.
The 10-year-old was flown to Mackay Base Hospital yesterday afternoon by the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter.
He was the fourth person to be treated for a marine sting in the Whitsundays since Saturday.
Three Swedish tourists were stung whilst swimming at Whitehaven Beach on Saturday afternoon, but they didn't require transport to hospital. It's been a busy start to the new year for the helicopter service, with six missions in 24 hours.
Since 8.30am Sunday, the Mackay-based helicopter has flown the length and breadth of its service area including two transfers to Mackay Base Hospital from Clermont and one from Moranbah, the Whitsundays, Nebo and Bowen.
Patients transported by the rescue helicopter have ranged in age from 10 to 59 years old for a number of medical conditions including cardiac, obstetrics, fractures from falls and envenomations.
RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan said the rescue helicopter and crew had completed an impressive 550 missions in 2017, the second highest tasking numbers in the service's 21-year history.