Jellyfish safety is very important.
As the good weather continues this week, it’s likely that many Corkonians will find themselves taking a trip to the beach.
This could prove a riskier prospect than usual, as the very dangerous (and on rare occasions deadly) Portuguese man o’war has been sighted on at least three Cork beaches in the last few days.
A red flag was raised at Garretstown on Sunday, with the scary jelly also seen by beachguards at Garrylucas and Owenahincha.
Yesterday evening, Cork County Council said beach-goers should be on the lookout for these creatures, and should avoid them, as they can “inflict severe stings.” It was also noted that they can be present either on the shore or in the water.
- Ensure you don’t get stung yourself when aiding others.
- Remove any attached tentacles with a gloved hand, stick, or towel (none of these available use your fingertips).
- Do not rub the affected area (this may result in further venom release).
- Rinse the affected area copiously with seawater (do not use fresh water, vinegar, alcohol or urine).
- Apply a ‘dry cold pack’ to the area (i.e. place a cold pack or ice inside a plastic bag and then wrap this package in a t-shirt or other piece of cloth).
- Use HOT WATER for Portuguese Man o’ War stings at approximately 45° Celsius for 20 minutes.
- If the patient is suffering from swelling, breathing difficulties, palpitation or chest tightness then transfer to the nearest emergency department urgently.
- Report any sightings on [email protected]
Header image via Water Safety Ireland