RACQ LifeFlight airlifts two teens stung by Irukandji

They were among six people, who reported being stung late this afternoon, while swimming off the back of three boats in waters off the north-west side of the island, about 5km south of Wathumba Creek.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew the flight paramedic and another Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedic to the island, landing on the beach.

They were picked up by boat and taken to the patients’ cruiser.

The paramedics and QAS officers who were brought from the mainland by Volunteer Marine Rescue, treated the half dozen patients on board the cruiser, for over an hour.

Two teenagers were assessed as requiring further medical treatment.

The pair and the two paramedics were ferried back to the waiting RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter and flown to Hervey Bay Hospital.

The male and female patients were in a stable condition.

The chopper responded to this latest stinger incident less than fifteen minutes after returning to base from an earlier mission today, which saw a woman airlifted from Fraser Island to Hervey Bay Hospital, suffering severe symptoms from a marine sting, possibly caused by a blue-bottle.

Last week, the Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter airlifted three people from Fraser Island, in separate incidents involving suspected marine stings.