Tannum Sands Surf Life Savers Ryan Beacroft, age 14, and Jacob Bubb, age 18, on patrol on November 11, 2012.
Tannum Sands Surf Life Savers Ryan Beacroft, age 14, and Jacob Bubb, age 18, on patrol on November 11, 2012. Lisa Maynard

Play it safe and swim between the flags

WITH reports of stingers, the public is reminded to play it safe and swim between the flags.

This week there have been a number of sightings from the public of blubbery jellyfish and patches of seaweed containing sea lice at Tannum Sands main beach.

There were also a number of nippers were nursing sea lice bites with ice bags on November 11.

Catostylus jellyfish don't usually frequent these waters in large numbers and the TSSLSC lifesavers on patrol on Sunday, Jacob Bubb and Ryan Beacroft, had not received any reports of stings.

However, both Jacob and Ryan were concerned about the strong current at the mouth of Wild Cattle Creek and wanted to remind people not to swim in the river.

Most stings only require treatment with water and ice, however stings from irukandji and box jellyfish require vinegar and immediate medical assistance.

If you have seen stingers in the area make sure you leave a comment below. Alternatively, you can send through photos, contact details and information on your experiences to newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

 

How to avoid stingers?

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags.
  • Look for and obey safety signs.
  • Do not enter the water when beaches are closed.

What to do if you get hurt?

  • Call the lifesaver or lifeguards on patrol
  • Call 000 immediately, provide CPR if required and pour vinegar all over the stung area.


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