Lifeguard Catherine Jacomos at the closed Clifton Beach due to Irukandji Jellyfish. Catherine holding a preserved sample of the Irukandji Jellyfish from last year. Picture: Josh Woning.
Lifeguard Catherine Jacomos at the closed Clifton Beach due to Irukandji Jellyfish. Catherine holding a preserved sample of the Irukandji Jellyfish from last year. Picture: Josh Woning.

Two women treated after suspected irukandji stings

TWO women were in a stable condition last night after being stung by the deadly irukandji jellyfish off the Cassowary Coast.

Ambulance crews received a call about 11.30am yesterday after a 53-year-old female was stung on the back of a knee whiles swimming in waters off Dunk Island.

The woman was taken to Mission Beach by water taxi before being met by ambulance officers.

First aid was applied shortly after the incident and the patient was taken to Tully Hospital in a stable condition where she underwent treatment.

About two hours later, ambulance crews received a call about a second sting by irukandji in the same area.

A 22-year-old woman was also taken by water taxi to Mission Beach to be met by ambulance
officers after she was stung on the back.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the second victim sustained a much more serious sting and was given first aid and pain relief before also being taken to Tully Hospital.

Last week, scientists predicted a jellyfish bloom would occur off the Far North coast in coming days.

News Corp Australia


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