Beware of the Boxed Jelly!

17 Apr

Well we had a pretty horrifying experience last night… well for one person in particular. There were about 15 of us form the Kimberly Club that went to the beach for a bonfire party. The location was chosen because it was remote, just south of Cable Beach. We watched the sunset, grabbed some supplies, then started our fire. Throughout the whole night everyone was going in and out of the ocean. It was already hot outside, so the fire was more for ambience than anything else. On one particular venture into the sea, Erica (mid 30’s) was stung by the box jellyfish. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the box jelly, its venom is among the most deadly in the world, containing toxins that attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. In many cases, people will go into shock and drown or have a heart attack before even reaching shore. However, it can be treated, but you need to seek help immediately. Erica, however, was feeling pretty tipsy and didn’t realize the severity of her situation so she decided to stay in the water. (I had no idea this happened because I returned home long before these events took place.) When she started to lose feeling in her lower body, the people in the water with her persuaded her to return to shore. Because she had no control of her lower body, she was blindly placing her feet on the sand and rocks. SNAP! Broke her leg! It was 3am by the time an ambulance found the beach where we were, since there wasn’t a road directly leading to it. Her situation was neutralized and they were able to release her today. Scary stuff! Lesson learned: be careful when swimming in northern Australia, and be prepared for an emergency situation. Especially when swimming at night or on an uncrowded beach where help is not readily available. Yikes!

On another note, it was one of the best sunsets I’ve seen:

Broome sunset

Arnika, myself, and Hector at sunset

bonfire

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