Beaches from Palm Cove to Yorkeys Knob have been closed due to stingers.   Picture: BRENDAN RADKE.
Beaches from Palm Cove to Yorkeys Knob have been closed due to stingers. Picture: BRENDAN RADKE.

Stingers close northern beaches

BEACHES from Palm Cove to Yorkeys Knob have been closed due to the presence of irukandji this afternoon after a suspected sting.

About 2.30pm a seven-year-old girl was taken to Cairns Hospital with a suspected irukandji sting.

She was swimming with family at Trinity Beach when the incident occurred.

Surf Life Saving Club North Queensland regional manager Rob Davidson said the best thing to do this afternoon was stay out of the water.

"If you do go to the beach, only swim if there is a lifeguard on duty. If you have a stinger suit, or long shirt, that's the best protection," he said.

"Depending on conditions the beaches may remain closed tomorrow.

"We've got conditions conducive to irukandji. We've had consecutive days of northerly winds and calm water. The water is clear and there are irukandji along coastline and unfortunately they can get in the stinger nets."

Mr Davidson said the precautionary decision was made to close so many beaches because of the "high risk" of stings.



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