Swimmers warned not to use Dublin and Wexford beaches

Lion's Man jellyfish stings are not usually serious but severe allergic reaction can occur
Lion's Man jellyfish stings are not usually serious but severe allergic reaction can occur

Dublin City Council have extended an earlier warning advising beach goers not to swim in the water at North Bull Wall and Dollymount Strand due to the presence of Lion's Mane jellyfish.

The latest notificaton says that Lions Mane Jellyfish have been seen in the water at numerous locations along the city coastline. The public is advised not to swim or enter the water at the following locations:

  • Dollymount Strand
  • North Bull Wall (port side)
  • Half Moon
  • Shellybanks
  • Sandymount Strand
  • Merrion Strand

The venomous jellyfish have also been spotted by lifeguards at Rosslare beach today who raised the red flag and advised beach goers not to swim as well as a number of beach along the Cork coast.

Beach goers are advised to only swim on beaches where lifeguards are on duty.

The Irish Water Safety Authority published First Aid for the treatment of jellyfish stings:

  • Ensure you don't get stung yourself when aiding others 
  • Remove any attached tentacles with a gloved hand, stick, or towel (none of these available use the tips of your fingers)
  • Do not rub the affected area (this may result in further venom release)
  • Rinse the affected area with sea-water (do not use fresh water, vinegar, alcohol or urine)
  • Apply a ‘dry cold pack’ to the area (i.e. place a cold pack or ice inside a plastic bag and then wrap this package in a t-shirt or other piece of cloth)
  • Seek medical attention if there is anything other than minor discomfort
  • If the patient is suffering from swelling, breathing difficulties, palpitation or chest tightness then transfer to the nearest emergency department urgently

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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