Wednesday 18 October 2017

Lifeboat called to rescue woman who suffered deadly jellyfish sting

The Baltimore Lifeboat crew were called to rescue the woman. Photo: Facebook
The Baltimore Lifeboat crew were called to rescue the woman. Photo: Facebook
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A lifeboat crew was called to rescue a woman who suffered a serious anaphylactic shock from a jellyfish sting on an island of the west of Cork.

The Baltimore Lifeboat crew were called to the Sherkin Island off Cork when a woman began feeling unwell with respiratory problems.

Kieran Cotter from the Baltimore crew said they were called out to the island at around 4pm on Tuesday evening and had reached the distressed woman within 15 minutes.

“It’s the first incident of the sorts this summer but you only need one sting and they can be very nasty,” Kieran told

The woman was brought to shore where a paramedic and ambulance were waiting for her.

“She was given oxygen straight away to help her with her breathing and then she was transferred to hospital,” said Kieran.

One of the world’s most dangerous jellyfish, the lion’s mane, has been spotted in Irish waters in recent weeks, with sightings off the coasts of Dublin and Galway, as well as Cork.

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Stings from a lion's mane can inflict severe stings and cause anaphylactic shock in some cases. The allergic reaction provoked by the venomous sting can be fatal.

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