Heading to the beach? Watch out for weever fish, say lifeguards

Bournemouth Echo: Heading to the beach? Watch out for weever fish, say lifeguards Heading to the beach? Watch out for weever fish, say lifeguards

A DAY-OUT at a Bournemouth beach ended in agony for several swimmers when they were stung by weever fish buried in the sand.

Southbourne Surf Life Saving Club chairman Bill Ezekiel told the Daily Echo how volunteers have given first-aid to eight beach-goers on Sunday alone.

He said: “Weever fish bury themselves in the sand at low tide so they can ambush small shrimp. They don’t like being trodden on; young children are the most common victims because they are more likely to paddle.

“The sting comes from a hollow bone in the dorsal fin of the fish; when you tread on it a small amount of potent venom will be injected. This is protein based and is very painful; it feels like you have trodden on a stone or a piece of glass. Sometimes you can see a couple of tiny puncture wounds on the skin. There will be little evidence of injury but a great deal of pain.”

Lifeguards use hot water to treat the stings. Mr Ezekiel said: “The heat of the water will cook the protein and increase blood flow. The sooner the foot is put in hot water the better; it can take up to 30 minutes to reduce the pain to a comfortable level.”

Mr Ezekiel hasn’t seen any jelly fish this year. However, he warned beach-goers to avoid playing with a dead jelly washed up on a beach as they can still sting.

He added: “Avoid touching the stung area or pulling any tentacles off; they are still potentially active. One treatment is vinegar but this doesn’t work for a Portuguese man-of-war when the tentacles need to be washed off with water. These are extremely rare in our waters but we have a smaller, non-stinging ‘by the wind sailor’ that looks very similar.”

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10:10am Thu 11 Jul 13

BournemouthMum says...

This should be publicised nationally, maybe it would stop tourists coming here and gridlocking up our roads ;)
This should be publicised nationally, maybe it would stop tourists coming here and gridlocking up our roads ;) BournemouthMum
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10:26am Thu 11 Jul 13

Poppet87 says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
This should be publicised nationally, maybe it would stop tourists coming here and gridlocking up our roads ;)
Hahahahaha. Lets do it!
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: This should be publicised nationally, maybe it would stop tourists coming here and gridlocking up our roads ;)[/p][/quote]Hahahahaha. Lets do it! Poppet87
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10:55am Thu 11 Jul 13

large_cheese says...

8 People stung from how many thousands?

I'll take my chances!!!
8 People stung from how many thousands? I'll take my chances!!! large_cheese
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11:04am Thu 11 Jul 13

beachcomber1 says...

well done to the Echo for getting the spelling right in the headline. shame about the rest of the article.
well done to the Echo for getting the spelling right in the headline. shame about the rest of the article. beachcomber1
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11:44am Thu 11 Jul 13

Por Speller says...

beachcomber1 wrote:
well done to the Echo for getting the spelling right in the headline. shame about the rest of the article.
Amazing, isn't it? These people would call themselves professionals...
[quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: well done to the Echo for getting the spelling right in the headline. shame about the rest of the article.[/p][/quote]Amazing, isn't it? These people would call themselves professionals... Por Speller
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4:50pm Thu 11 Jul 13

coops1965 says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
This should be publicised nationally, maybe it would stop tourists coming here and gridlocking up our roads ;)
You stupid woman, are you serious.

People like you amaze me, you really don,y think things through !

Should we advertise that it could be possible to drown in the sea as well you should be proud that people want to come to our wonderful town.
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: This should be publicised nationally, maybe it would stop tourists coming here and gridlocking up our roads ;)[/p][/quote]You stupid woman, are you serious. People like you amaze me, you really don,y think things through ! Should we advertise that it could be possible to drown in the sea as well you should be proud that people want to come to our wonderful town. coops1965
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11:12pm Thu 11 Jul 13

rozmister says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
This should be publicised nationally, maybe it would stop tourists coming here and gridlocking up our roads ;)
You get them most places with a beach it doesn't stop people coming. I grew up in Cornwall and we used to get warnings like this every summer, the tourists still came in droves.
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: This should be publicised nationally, maybe it would stop tourists coming here and gridlocking up our roads ;)[/p][/quote]You get them most places with a beach it doesn't stop people coming. I grew up in Cornwall and we used to get warnings like this every summer, the tourists still came in droves. rozmister
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