Thursday 22 February 2018

David Cameron stung by jellyfish on holiday in Lanzarote

Tourists told how he came running from the water rubbing his arm and shouting in pain

David Cameron and his wife Samantha on holiday in Lanzarote Photo: Getty Images
David Cameron and his wife Samantha on holiday in Lanzarote Photo: Getty Images
UK Prime Minister David Cameron

Rob Williams

British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a painful sting from a jellyfish as he enjoyed a dip in the sea during his family holiday.

The Prime Minister’s painful encounter came as he went for a swim off popular Arrieta beach in Lanzarote.

Other tourists described how he came running from the water rubbing his arm and shouting: “Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!”

One local said Mr Cameron got his children out of the waves after someone shouted a warning, but then he immediately went back in.

A source close to the PM said: “It was pretty minor sting and did not require treatment.”

 Mr Cameron, a keen swimmer and patron of the Chipping Norton lido outdoor pool in his Oxfordshire constituency, has been staying with his wife Samantha and children at a £200-a-night spa resort. They are due back this weekend.

Expat Alan Lambert, originally from Norwich, pointed out that one traditional cure for a jellyfish sting is for someone to urinate on the affected area.

 

MR Lambert’s wife Wendy, 59, who promotes a local naturist beach, said Mr Cameron sported “true blue” trunks on Wednesday.

She said: “They weren’t budgie smugglers, but they were not down to his knees, either.”

Mrs Lambert revealed that one of her friends had warned the PM: “There’s loads of jellies down there.”

She added: “Everyone got out of the water and his kids walked back with their minders around the pier.

“But then he decided to get back in – and suddenly came out shouting in agony after getting stung.”

Mrs Lambert, who has lived at the Canary Island resort for 12 years, described the type of jellyfish that lurked in local waters as “a reddy colour, quite small but with very long tentacles”.

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