posted on Jul, 15 2010 @ 03:44 AM
30 Californians Stung By Stingrays
30 California swimmers stung by stingrays
2 people hospitalized after attacks at beaches near San Diego
by ERIC S. PAGE
updated 7/14/2010 9:46:57 PM ET
LA JOLLA, Calif. — Ambulances were called to La Jolla Wednesday afternoon after at least 30 people were stung by stingrays.
The attacks happened at both La Jolla Shores and Blacks Beach up the coast to the north.
Lifeguards said that at one point, they were treating 11 or 12 people at the same time.
Paramedics were called in to assist with triage because of the abundance of victims. Most of the victims are treated by immersing the stung spot in
hot water right away. However, they monitored the victims' vital signs.
A lifeguard said that if you are allergic to bees, it's likely that you are allergic to stingrays, too. Two people were taken to the hospital for
Police said that while such a high number of victims in one day is unusual, it is not unheard of.
"We've really had a large amount of folks affected today, so I would say it's not normal," said Lifeguard Sgt. John Sandmeyer.