16 year old boy stung by jellyfish
A 16 year old boy was airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital by the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter last night after suffering a serious jellyfish sting on Fraser Island.
The boy from Julatten was a passenger on an eight metre yacht, anchored on the western side of Fraser Island, 50 metres off the beach at Wathumba Creek.
As he was wading through knee deep water he was stung just below his right knee. The species has not been confirmed as an irukandji.
The helicopter landed on the beach near the vessel where the service’s intensive care flight paramedic treated the boy.
He was airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition, accompanied by his father.
It’s the sixth marine sting the helicopter rescue service has attended since Dec 30. Five of those patients were airlifted to hospital. Authorities are investigating the possibility irudkandji jellyfish have moved into the Fraser Island region.
*This rescue mission was completed when the Sunshine Coast service operated as AGL Action Rescue prior to the July 1 2013 merger with CareFlight Group Queensland.