Friday, October 5, 2018

British man dies after bite from sea snake off Australia's north coast

Man, 23 and reportedly a backpacker, bitten when pulling up net on fishing boat.


A young British man has died after being bitten by a sea snake while working aboard a fishing trawler off Australia’s northern coast.

The 23-year-old was bitten as he pulled up a net around
noon on Thursday, when the vessel was about 70 nautical miles south of Groote Eylandt, an island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory police said.

Deaths from sea snakes are rare despite their deadly venom.

St John Ambulance operations manager Craig Garraway told the Northern Territory News paramedics went out to the trawler “but unfortunately by the time they got out there he had passed away”.

The boat eventually docked at the small township of Borroloola where the man, reportedly a backpacker, was declared dead.

Police said the British embassy was notified of his death and a postmortem examination would be conducted.

Some 30 of the 70 known species of sea snake – marine reptiles found in tropical waters – are found in Australia.

Sea snakes are venomous but considered to be non-aggressive and rarely attack unless provoked.

The Marine Education Society of Australasia said most sea snake bites occur on trawlers, although only a small proportion are fatal to humans as it is rare for much venom to be injected.

It said there were no deaths previously recorded from bites in Australian waters.

No comments:

Post a Comment

More post

Health

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Photo: Woman gives birth on the road

A woman was helped by community members who came together as she gave birth on the road on