Goa: Beachgoers in Goa are having a hard time dealing with a few unwanted visitors who are hell bent on ruining their much-awaited vacation. Yes, in the last two days, swarms of stinging jellyfish have invaded the waters off Goa who have stung around 90 people. Also Read - Kerala Beaches to Reopen For Public From Today After Months-long Closure Due to COVID-19
Drishti, the lifeguarding agency manning Goa’s beaches, said that they were inundated with first aid cases related to jellyfish stings in the last two days. Considering the situation, they have urged tourists and beachgoers to exercise caution while hitting the surf, especially close to the shoreline.
“Over 90 cases of jellyfish stings were reported along the coast between yesterday and today. Drishti lifesavers posted along the beach were inundated with first aid cases related to jellyfish stings,” the statement said.
Around 65 cases, which were reported over the last 48 hours occurred along the popular Baga-Sinquerim beach stretch, while 25 instances were reported along beaches in South Goa district.
“In one particular incident which occured in Baga, a male who went parasailing developed chest pain and experienced breathing difficulty after being stung by a jellyfish. As he was short of breath, oxygen was administered while an ambulance was called for and the victim was rushed to the hospital,” the statement said.
Jellyfish stings are usually harmless to humans and can potentially cause only mild irritation, but in rare cases a sting from a toxic jellyfish could require medical attention.
“If stung by a jellyfish inform the nearest lifesaver or approach the lifesaver tower. Wash the stung area with hot water (as hot as you can stand it) as heat further breaks down the toxins. Generously spray the stung area with vinegar. It is known to diffuse any poison that may be more active in the nematocysts present in the tentacles,” the statement said, adding that application of ice packs can also reduce the pain and swelling.