Skip to comments.30 Stung By Stingrays; 2 Swimmers Hospitalized
Posted on 07/14/2010 10:13:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Ambulances were called to La Jolla Wednesday afternoon after at least 30 people were stung by sting rays.
The attacks happened at both La Jolla Shores and Blacks Beach up the coast to the north. Lifeguards said that at one point, they were treating 11 or 12 people at the same time. Paramedics were called in to assist with triage because of the abundance of victims.
Most of the victims are treated by immersing the stung spot in hot water right away. However, they monitor the victims' vital signs. A lifeguard said that if you are allergic to bees, it's likely that you are allergic to stingrays, too. Two people were taken to the hospital for their injuries. Police said that while such a high number of victims in one day is unusual, it is not unheard of.
"We've really had a large amount of folks affected today, so I would say it's not normal," said Lifeguard Sgt. John Sandmeyer.
Sandmeyer said it was atypical to have so many people stung at the same time.
Tuesday may have offered lifeguards at La Jolla Shores a hint of thing to come, when more than 20 people were stung.
"We are seeing a lot of folks out there needing to shuffle their feet a little bit better," Sandmeyer said. Lifeguards urge swimmers to shuffle their feet when entering and exiting the water to avoid sting rays.
Sting rays are not the only sea creatures being detetced in large numbers. Large jellyfish are popping up along San Diegos shoreline this week. Scientists say a rare species of dark purple jellyfish called the black sea nettle is showing up in San Diego Bay and washing ashore on beaches.
Why I preferred swimming pools.
Yep, its the end of days...
The stingrays are freaked out by the black sea nettle.
I was bitten by a 1968 Corvette Stingray when my first ride in it went over 100mph.
You’d think after the first 4 or 5...
I can’t read about sting rays without thinking about poor Steve Irwin, his heart pierced by a ray’s barb.
You damn kids
Yup man, Rays suck! I can tell ya’
Yeah, I think of Steve Irwin every time I see something about a stingray. Shutter...how horrific.
Holy Steve Irwin......!!!
I got stung by a jellyfish once, that was bad enough.
What’s a black sea nettle?
Mr Ditter knows about sting rays too. He was stunk on the foot. We washed it and put antibiotic ointment on it. He had chills and fever all night, his foot swelled up. The next morning he was fine, no swelling, no pain , no infection.
Vienna swimmers drink 5,000 litres pool water a day ("STOP IT!") (Austrian Independent 12. 07. 10)
Desperate for water?!
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