TV star a victim of stinger attack
CHANNEL 10 reality TV star Jeff O'Connor got more than he bargained for when he went for a swim at Whitehaven Beach last Friday.
The 21-year-old, who was a rookie jackaroo and helicopter pilot on “Keeping up With the Joneses”, was stung on the face, neck and stomach by an Irukandji jellyfish.
The Maroochydore lad said that although he wasn't stung on the back, the excruciating back pain which is a symptom of the sting was what got him the most.
This, along with a constricted sensation in his chest meant Jeff was taken to Hamilton Island and then airlifted by the Mackay-based RACQ-CQ Rescue crew to Mackay Base Hospital where he received treatment and was kept for observation.
RACQ-CQ Rescue business development manager Leonie Hansen said while Jeff was accustomed to being behind the controls of the helicopter in “Keeping up with the Joneses” his flight in the rescue chopper was obviously not on his holiday agenda.
Jeff has since been released from hospital and is now back at home on the Sunshine Coast.
This was the second sting in seven days in the Whitsundays.
The RACQ-CQ Rescue Helicopter was sent to Hamilton Island on Sunday after another man was stung by Irukandji at Whitehaven Beach.
He was transferred to Hamilton Island by boat and then was transported to Mackay base hospital.