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Mumbles Lifeboat crew issue warning

Lifeboats News Release

Dog owners and swimmers are being urged to be careful on the beaches.

One of five found on the beach

Luca Pagano

Jelly Fish at Aberavon beach

Swarms of Jellyfish have been washing up on South Wales Beaches over the last few days. The Mumbles RNLI Lifeboat station have received reports of Portuguese Man of War Jelly fish on various locations across the area.

Volunteer crew member Andy Miles said

We’ve received reports of Portuguese man of War jellyfish being washed up on our beaches.
These sometimes float (but not always). We would urge you to be careful if entering the sea and if walking your dogs this week.
First aid advice would be to remove the sting by scraping it away with a credit card or stick then soak any affected area in warm sea water and seek medical advice if symptoms become concerning by calling 111.
Do not use urine to treat a jellyfish sting.
If the sting is to the eyes or ingested you must go to your nearest A and E immediately.
Pets should be taken to an emergency vets practice.
Thanks to Luca Pagano for this picture. It’s one of a school of five washed up at Aberavon today.

Please share this story. We'd hate for anyone going in the water to be harmed and as we've officially ended the RNLI Lifeguard service for 2017 it's important that everyone understands what to do if stung by one of these.'

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