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Jellyfish Warning

06 July 2018

Swimmers and beach-goers are reminded to remain alert for the possibility of jellyfish stings this weekend.

Jellyfish have been spotted in the waters north of Gorey Castle. As temperatures increase, so do the numbers of jellyfish, and good weather is forecast.

Caroline Maffia, Assistant Director of Environmental Health, said "Anyone who swims or spends time on the beach should be aware that jellyfish remain present in the waters around Jersey and that there is a risk of being stung. Whilst a jellyfish sting is highly unlikely to have serious consequences, stings can be painful, particularly for anyone who receives multiple stings.

"As the water heats up there tend to be more jellyfish in the sea and, as people overheat because of the warm weather, they are more likely to rush into the water. Swimmers and paddlers should check before diving in."

How to treat jellyfish stings

The following is recommended for those who have been stung:

  • Get out of the water
  • Slowly pour seawater over the sting to help ease the pain
  • Apply a 'cold compress' (ice wrapped in a cloth)
  • Local anaesthetic gels and other forms of pain relief can be bought from a pharmacy should the pain persist
  • Avoid using urine or vinegar – this is no longer recommended by experts and may discharge the nematocysts – the cause of the sting – and potentially cause further stings
  • Dial 999 if you require emergency assistance.
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