Two stung by irukandji, four box jellyfish found

EIMEO beach will be closed for 24 hours, after lifesavers reeled in four box jellyfish in their drag this morning. The "high alert" closure follows two suspected irukandji stings today on Hamilton Island.  

A 21-year-old woman was transported to Mackay Base Hospital for treatment, while a 15-year-old remains at Hamilton Island Medical Centre, QAS said.  

The stings happened about 11am.  


Irukandji jellyfish are yet to be located on a central beaches, but Mackay lifeguard Ken Moss said "they're probably not a long way off" with high waters.  

"At this stage, our beaches are high risk," he said.  

"Some of the beaches are impossible to do a drag at high tide.  

"Sarina has been doing drags and is clear at the moment; Lamberts and the Harbour beach are best to do a drag at low tides."  

Risk assessments will continue to be carried out by lifeguards, as well as drags when appropriate.


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