Jellyfish alert as 15 bathers stung at beach

WATCH YOUR STEP ... RNLI Lifeguards patrolling the beach at Sandhaven have been receiving reports of jellyfish. Below, Gazette reader Paul Forrester was stung by one of the creatures pictured.

WATCH YOUR STEP ... RNLI Lifeguards patrolling the beach at Sandhaven have been receiving reports of jellyfish. Below, Gazette reader Paul Forrester was stung by one of the creatures pictured.

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EXPERTS are warning people to watch out for an invasion of jellyfish landing on South Tyneside’s beaches.

Last weekend as 10,000 people flocked to the coast, lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute treated 15 people for stings as they paddled on Sandhaven Beach in South Shields.

Jellyfish which have been stinging bathers at South Shields. Picture by Gazette reader Paul Forrester.
Jellyfish which have been stinging bathers at South Shields. Picture by Gazette reader Paul Forrester.

However Sean Mills, a lifeguard supervisor, believes the marine invaders, which can cause nasty stings – and sometimes more serious consequences – are likely to increase in numbers over the next few weeks, echoing scenes from 2007, when the shoreline was covered.

 

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