Irukandji stings Welsh tourist

By James Perkins

A TOURIST from Cardiff in Wales was stung by an irukandji jellyfish while snorkeling off Hayman Island on Tuesday night.

The man, 31, was wearing a stinger suit at the time, but was stung on the neck. Nurses on Hayman Island took care of the man while they awaited the assistance of the RACQ-CQ Rescue helicopter.

The helicopter arrived on Hayman at 6.05pm and intensive care paramedic Trevor Clarke and careflight doctor Mark Shirran administered a magnesium treatment which quickly stabilised the man.

Mr Clarke said the magnesium treatment for irukandji sting had been on trial in Townsville for a few years and was now the front line treatment for the sting.

"It works very well, stabilises (the patient) quickly," he said.

The man is currently in a stable condition in intensive care at the Mackay Base Hospital.


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