Sunday 19 January 2020

Deadly jellyfish may have stung tragic parents

Parents who mysteriously died simultaneously while snorkelling in Australia, leaving their young children orphaned on the beach, may have been killed by the Irukandji jellyfish – one of the world's most venomous creatures.

The pair were spotted by the children floating face down in the water off a remote beach in Western Australia last week. The children, aged 10 and 13, raised the alarm and were forced to watch as beachgoers tried but failed to save their mother, Kathreen Ricketson, (41).

Authorities have called off the search for the missing father, Robert Shrugg (48).

There have been numerous recent sightings of the tiny deadly jellyfish where the couple were snorkelling.

Irish Independent

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