ot: Man Dives Face-First Into Deadly Jellyfish
Too bad it wasn't Peter LaPussy the Australian lying loser:
"SYDNEY -- A man who dove face-first into an extremely venomous,
peanut-sized jellyfish in the waters off northeast Australia was flown
to a hospital intensive care unit, officials said Friday.
The 29-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was on a yacht
Thursday near South Molle Island, off northeast Queensland state. As a
precaution, he was wearing a full-length "stinger suit," a lightweight
version of a wetsuit that covers everything but the face, feet and hands
and helps protect against venomous jellyfish that are common in northern
Australia's waters during the Southern Hemisphere summer.
But when he dove into the water, he was immediately stung in the face by
a potentially lethal Irukandji jellyfish, Central Queensland Helicopter
Rescue Service spokeswoman Leonie Hansen said. He was taken back to the
island, where a rescue team rushed to his aid.
"The crew said he was shivering and in shock and in a great deal of
pain," Hansen said.
The man, from the Queensland capital Brisbane, was in serious condition
Friday at Mackay Base Hospital in Mackay, 600 miles (1,000 kilometers)
north of Brisbane, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Australia is well-known for its myriad deadly creatures, but the
Irukandji remains rather mysterious. It is a distant cousin of the more
notorious and widely feared box jellyfish, the sting of which can kill
an adult within 2 minutes. But the Irukandji is virtually impossible to
see and is tiny enough to pass through nets meant to keep jellyfish away
from popular swimming spots.
The jellyfish's sting can cause shooting pains in the muscles and chest,
vomiting, restlessness and anxiety. Occasionally it can lead to a rapid
rise in blood pressure and heart failure."
Hopefully this unnamed person survived. Peter L. however could die and
very few people (say 1) would care.