The 17-year-old, from Bamaga in far north Queensland, encountered the lethal jellyfish at Patterson’s Level in Cape York. He was intubated on the scene and flown by Royal Flying Physician’s Service to Townsville Hospital, reports ABC.
He handed away from his accidents per week after being stung. Former mayor of the Northern Peninsula Space Regional Council (NPARC), Eddie Newman, known as the incident a “tragic, tragic accident.”
Queensland’s field jellyfish season is called “stinger season,” and runs from October to Could. Swimmers off the coast north of Gladstone are at notably excessive threat.
“We can not stress sufficient on how necessary it’s to maintain your kids away from the water,” NPARC wrote in a public warning to folks, having erected warning indicators at swimming hotspots alongside the coast.
Authorities are getting ready a report on the teenager’s tragic demise for the coroner.
It’s the primary fatality attributable to field jellyfish sting since 2006.
“Sadly, that fatality additionally occurred in Bamaga,” famend marine biologist and jellyfish professional Lisa-Ann Gershwin told ABC, including that field jellyfish fatalities are avoidable if communities are adequately educated in regards to the risks and easy methods to keep protected.
“In populated areas the place there are stinger nets, persons are consistently reminded in regards to the presence of stingers,” Gershwin defined, “whereas in distant areas you don’t have that fixed reminder.”
In reminiscence of the teenager, she mirrored, “we must always begin having that dialog.”
A extremely venomous species of field jellyfish, often called sea wasps (chironex fleckeri), are cube-shaped with lengthy, barbed tentacles reaching as much as 3 meters (approx. 10 ft) in size. When venom is injected into people or animals, it could possibly induce shock, paralysis, and even cardiac arrest, according to National Geographic.
A field jellyfish sting has sufficient efficiency to kill a swimmer earlier than they will return to shore.