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BOX JELLYFISH STINGS PROMPT  

CITY TO CLOSE HANAUMA BAY

 

City Ocean Safety Division lifeguards closed the beach at Hanauma Bay this morning because of an unusually high number of swimmers needing treatment for box jellyfish stings.

 

“The box jellyfish influx is much milder than yesterday but there has been a high number of stings reported at the Bay this morning,” said Bryan Cheplic, public information officer for the Honolulu Emergency Services Department. “After discussing the situation with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department the decision was made to close the bay effective at 10 a.m.”

 

Although only six box jellyfish were found at Hanauma Bay today, more than 18 people were treated for stings there. None of the people who were treated required hospital care.

 

The situation will be assessed tomorrow morning and a decision will be made then whether to keep Hanauma Bay closed or reopen it to the public.

 

 

Lifeguards assess beaches for box jellyfish during the monthly alert period. If box jellyfish are discovered, warning signs are posted as warranted.

 

 Persons stung by box jellyfish are advised to flush the sting area with copious amounts of white vinegar.  Anyone experiencing breathing difficulty, muscle cramps/spasms, and/or persistent pain are advised to seek immediate medical attention. Lifeguard stations are supplied and equipped to treat this type of marine sting.

 

For information regarding ocean conditions, advisories and warnings, the Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division provides a recorded report that can be accessed 24 hours a day; at 922-3888 ext. 51 or visit http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/esd/oceansafety/boxjellymainpage.htm.

 

 

Contact:

            Bryan Cheplic, HESD PIO (808) 723-7814

 

Thursday, April 12, 2007

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