National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Media Release:
Muizenberg, 11 February, 2008: Surfer stung by stingray:
At 16h20 Cape Medical Response (CMR) were activated to a report of a surfer stung by a stingray at Muizenberg’s Surfers Corner while surfing.
The NSRI were placed on alert.
On arrival on-scene CMR paramedics found the surfer, 29 year old Ryan Koch, from Kommetjie, at Roxy’s Surf School, at Muizenbergs Surfers Corner where he had gone to seek help.
Ryan was treated for a small puncture wound on the top of his right foot and he refused ambulance transportation to hospital and paramedics suggested he go to hospital to have his injury treated further.
Ryan said that later when he left to go home the pain became unbearable and he went to a local hospital where he was treated for pain relief.
Ryan said that at first he had thought a crab had grabbed him on the foot but then he realized that it was a Stingray.
The NSRI believe this may have been a Blue Stingray.
On the 5th of January, 2008, as many as approximately 6 people were treated for stingray stings at Muizenbergs Surfers Corner in one day.
Prior to these incidents it is unknown when, if ever, this has happened at Muizenbergs Surfers Corner.
The Working on Sharks shark spotters will warn bathers at Muizenbergs surfers corner over the next few days of this incident and caution will be advised.
A blue stingray sting is not known to be life threatening despite the extreme pain that usually follows a sting. Following a sting the patient should seek immediate emergency medical assistance and should follow the advice of paramedics to go to hospital by ambulance for further treatment.
An allergic reaction to a stingray’s sting may cause some respiratory distress.
Sea conditions prior to the 5th of January incident were very similar to today’s. A strong South Easterly wind prevailed for a number of days which experts related to stingrays coming close in shore to follow muscle shells. It is not known why this phenomenon has not happened before.
Sea Rescue Media Spokesman
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