A young man and woman are among six people who were treated by paramedics after being stung by Irukandji jellyfish on a popular Queensland island yesterday.
The pair, aged in their late teens, were swimming with a group off the back of a boat off the north-west side of Fraser Island when they were stung just before 5.00pm.
The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew the flight paramedic and another Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic to the island, landing on the beach.
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The paramedics were then picked up by the Volunteer Marine Rescue boat and taken to the teens’ vessel where they treated the half dozen patients on board the cruiser for over an hour.
While most of the patients were stable and did not have any symptoms, the two teens were airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital for further treatment.
The stings came just fifteen minutes after the RACQ LifeFlight chopper had returned to base after airlifting a woman from the same island suffering severe symptoms from a possible blue-bottle sting.
Last week, the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter airlifted three people from Fraser Island, in separate incidents involving suspected marine stings.
Been stung by a bluebottle (Physalia)? Ensure you remove the blue tentacle, rinse the area with sea water and seek help from a lifesaver or professional lifeguard. Treat the area with warm water or ice for 20 minutes. If symptoms persist, send for medical aid.
— Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) (@lifesavingqld) December 28, 2018