Hundred injured by stingrays on Texas beach
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Over 100 people have been injured by stingrays over the past few days
while bathing on a beach in Texas.
According to reports, authorities at South Padre Island said that at
least 100 people had been stung while paddling in the shallow water in
just four days.
Fire Department chief Burney Baskett said that although nobody had been
seriously hurt, the number of injuries recorded was the highest in years.
The rays are believed to have been swimming close to shore because the
waters have been calm, which means that they're sharing the same area
used by bathers.
Dr Rafael Garcia of Corpus Christi Medical Center said: "If you come
into the emergency department, we're going to stick the injury in hot
We'll give you a shot, something for the discomfort, and then we'll get
an x-ray. If the barb has broken inside, then it becomes a much more
Stingrays typically sting only when stepped upon, so beachgoers are
being urged to shuffle their feet through the sand when walking to
reduce the risk and frighten nearby rays away.
Stingray wounds can be incredibly painful
are rarely fatal
*Published:* Matt Clarke <browse.php?type=author&q=Matt+Clarke> Monday
16 August 2010, 11:18 am