Panjim: Over 90 cases of jellyfish stings were reported along the coast in Goa during the last 48 hours, according to Drishti Marine, a state government appointed agency to man the beaches in the state.
Drishti lifesavers posted along the beach were inundated with first aid cases related to jellyfish stings.
Over the past two days, the Baga – Calangute beach belt witnessed over 55 cases while the Candolim to Sinquerim beach stretch saw ten cases. South Goa reported over 25 cases of jellyfish related accidents requiring immediate first aid.
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.
As crowd density along the beach is increasing with the number of tourists entering the state, constant announcements and cautioning is done by the lifesavers to warn beach goers about the jellyfish in the waters.
Jellyfish are of two kinds- toxic and non-toxic. While most jellyfish stings are harmless to humans and cause only mild irritation; in very rare cases jellyfish species can cause harm on contact.