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Swimming prohibited for a limited time at Benidorm´s beaches

Swimming prohibited for a limited time at Benidorm´s beaches

Swimming prohibited for a limited time at Benidorm´s beaches

Swimming was prohibited at Levante and Poniente beaches for one hour today and Mal Pas beach for just over two hours.  This was due to seven people suffering mild stings from the Portuguese caravel also know as the Portuguese Man of War or a Blue Bottle.

Warnings were given out on 6th June on this subject

The Councilor for Beaches of Benidorm, Monica Gomez, and the City Council  activated for two hours the protocol, after detecting two specimens in the city’s waters, these have been removed by the rescue services, and beach activity is now back to normal.

Original article reported in Spanish at diarioinformacion.com  Please note some of this information has been translated from Spanish to English so some detail may have been lost in translation

Out of the people treated today (23rd June) all were transferred as a precaution to Villajoyosa Hospital one still remains under observation, although their status is not serious.

Both the red flag and the the jellyfish flag were to be seen on the beaches.  Please heed the beach warning flags at all times.

Local Police boats and the company concessionaire of the beaches have made  inspections of all the bays in search of other possible sightings, and after confirming that the areas were once again safe bathing was once again allowed first on Levante then Poniente and finally Mal Pas beach.

The Portuguese man-of-war is very often mistaken for a jellyfish. Not only is it not a jellyfish, it’s not even an “it,” but a “they.” The Portuguese man-of-war is a siphonophore, an animal made up of a colony of organisms working together.

When a man o’ war stings, its long tentacles release thousands of microscopic venom-injecting capsules called nematocysts. On contact with skin, the nematocysts deliver a toxic chemical cocktail into its victim. The effects of this venom can range from mild to life threatening, but typically include immediate pain that can last upwards of 15 to 20 minutes. In more severe cases, a sting can trigger chest pain, difficulty breathing, and even death.

Experiments show that the best way to treat a sting from a man o’ war is to rinse the wound with vinegar to remove any residual stingers or bits of tentacle left on the skin, and then immerse the wound in hot water—ideally at a temperature of 113 degrees F (45 degrees C)—for 45 minutes. A hot pack will substitute nicely for the hot water, even a quick, 30-second wash of diluted vinegar will help.

As for other treatments, such as alcohol, urine, baking soda, lemon juice, regular cola, and seawater, they will not really heap but are more likely  to worsen stings.” The application of seawater—a fairly common prescription—can be particularly bad by spreading the stinging capsules over more skin area, making the situation worse.

If you spot or suspect you have seen a Portuguese man of war in the sea  or on the beach please report it immediately to the nearest life guard or first aid point. But beware—even dead man-of-wars washed up on beach can deliver a sting.

 

 

 

 

 

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