Queensland boy suffered a heart attack after a trip to the beach went wrong.
9 News report the teenager went into cardiac arrest after being stung by a box jellyfish on Cape York.
The boy, 13, was stung at Bamaga on Saturday morning and later went into cardiac arrest.
The ambulance service told AAP the boy was taken to the Bamaga hospital and flown to Townsville where he is recovering under specialist care.
Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has previously stated:
“Box Jellyfish stings are serious and potentially fatal, so it’s important that we treat them appropriately,” she said.
Advice for the treatment of Box Jellyfish stings –
•Call for help – dial 000 for an ambulance
•Administer CPR if required
•Pour vinegar over the sting
•Wait for medical aid to arrive
“As always, we would urge people use caution when swimming in areas that are a known habitat to Box Jellyfish. Normally, Box Jellyfish are found in the shallow, tropical waters of North Queensland, all over the Northern Territory and Western Australia.”
Queensland Health also advises:
•Always swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags
•Only swim in stinger nets if they are provided
•It is recommended that a full-body lycra wet or stinger suit (or equivalent) be worn to provide a good measure of protection against marine stings
•Look for and obey safety signs
•Do not enter the water when beaches are closed and;
•Do not touch marine stingers washed up on the beach – they can still sting you
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