Signs warning beachgoers of the dangers of stonefish were erected today at popular swimming and wading areas across the Redlands.
Council crews erected 50 signs on the mainland, North Stradbroke Island, Coochiemudlo Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands following two incidents yesterday at Raby Bay. Further to our Facebook post last night, only one of the adults stung yesterday at Raby Bay required nerve block and antivenom.
Beachgoers are urged to wear thick-soled shoes if wading in coastal waters this weekend. The sting from a stonefish is very painful and victims should seek immediate medical attention.
Redlanders should take care when wading in the bay after two adults were treated at Redlands Hospital on Friday for stonefish stings. Both are recovering from the incidents after being treated with a nerve block and antivenom. The pair were stung in separate incidents while wading near Masthead Drive, near Raby Bay, on Friday. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams was advised by Metro South Health late Friday and ordered warning signs to be erected at Redlands beaches. “This is a highly unusual occurrence but public safety is paramount and I urge all beachgoers to wear thick-soled shoes if wading in the Moreton Bay this weekend,” Cr Williams said. “The sting from a stonefish is very painful and victims should seek immediate medical attention.”