RNLI issues safety advice after sightings of Portuguese Man O’ War
There have been a number of sightings of Portuguese Man O’ War along the Cornish coast.
This isn’t unusual, particularly after windy conditions. Due to the number and potential hazard to water users, as a precaution the RNLI closed the bathing area on Perranporth between and 10am and 1.30pm today. Our lifeguards have also been keeping a close surveillance on other beaches.
If sighted, do not touch. If you are stung, please seek assistance from the RNLI lifeguards on duty. Treatment involves removing the tentacles by hand or by spraying with seawater, and immersion in or application of hot water to relieve the symptoms.
In the majority of cases further medical treatment will not be necessary, but those with any complications or serious stings should be advised to seek further medical assistance.
Members of the public are being encouraged to ring the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s hotline to report strandings on 0345 2012626.
Note to editors
- Interviews are available with RNLI Lifeguard Supervisors Ben Gardiner or Martyn Ward.
- The enclosed photos show the Portuguese Man O’ War that have been sighted on the beaches. Please credit RNLI.
For more information please contact the main Press Office on 01202 336789 or Jade Dyer, Communications Student Placement, by emailing Jade_Dyer@rnli.org.uk.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.