Lifeguards treat 11 for jellyfish stings

Lifeguards treat 11 for jellyfish stings
At least 11 people have been treated after receiving jellyfish stings this summer. 

Lifeguards across Cork have tended to at least eleven people suffering from jellyfish stings since the heatwave began last month, it has been revealed.

The stings were administered mostly by common jellyfish or compass jellyfish, according to Cork County Council.

Common jellyfish do not have strong enough stinging power to penetrate through the human skin, but will cause a stinging sensation when contact is made.

A lion's mane jellyfish.
A lion's mane jellyfish.

Meanwhile, compass jellyfish also cause a relatively minor sting, which has been likened to a powerful nettle.

Caroline Casey, Water & Road Safety Development Officer for Cork County Council, said: “This warm weather for a prolonged period is unprecedented so it is difficult to say but the warm water can bring jellyfish into shore."

Research published by UCC and NUI Galway recently showed that rinsing with vinegar and then applying a heat pack for 40 minutes is the best treatment for some stings.

Urinating on the sting, in most cases, will not work.

Cork County Council post regularly regarding any hazards on the beaches across the county on the Cork Beach Lifeguard Service Facebook Page.

Ms Casey also highlighted the dangers of using Inflatables on open water.

She cited a recent rescue carried out by the RNLI in which six people had to be rescued after two sisters drifted off the coast of Wexford on an inflatable bed.

The father of one of the girls needed "serious medical attention" after swimming out to save them.

“Irish Water Safety call inflatables the silent killers,” said Ms Casey.

“These items filled with air can travel off shore at enormous speeds.

“An inflatable along with an offshore wind and an outgoing tide is an accident waiting to happen and can turn a summer day out at the beach into a tragic ending,” she added.

Ms casey also condemned any vandalism or theft of life buoys on Cork beaches and rivers.

“A Stolen Ringbuoy is a Stolen Life,” she said.

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