A sixth suspected Irukandji sting victim flown off Fraser

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has become the latest victim of a suspected Irukandji sting on Fraser Island.

The boy, who is from Julatten, was a passenger on an 8m yacht, anchored on the western side of Fraser Island, 50m off the beach at Wathumba Creek.

As he was wading through knee deep water he was stung just below his right knee. 

The species has not been confirmed as an Irukandji.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter landed on the beach near the vessel where the helicopter's intensive care flight paramedic treated the boy.

He was airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition, accompanied by his father.

Authorities are investigating the possibility irudkandji jellyfish have moved into the Fraser Island region.

The incident was the sixth jellyfish sting the rescue helicopter team has had to attend since December 30.

A 14-year-old boy was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital after being stung at Moon Point on December 30.

A five-year-old boy was stung on the western side of Fraser Island the same day and was also flown to hospital.

On January 2, two men were stung on the western side of the island. One was flown to Hervey Bay Hospital while the other chose to remain on the island.

A nine-year-old boy was stung on January 6 at Cathedral Beach on Fraser Island and was flown to Hervey Bay Hospital.


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