3 Jun, 2019 @ 22:37
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Woman in hospital after stung in the face by Portuguese man o’ war on the Costa Blanca

A WOMAN has been stung in the face by a Portuguese man o’ war after she went swimming on the Costa Blanca.

The middle-aged woman was bathing off Cabo de las Huertas, near Sant Joan d’Alacant, when she encountered the venomous jellyfish.

She was taken to Sant Joan Hospital earlier today (Monday) as her face began to swell and turn red.

Portuguese man o’ wars have breeding grounds near Huelva and Cadiz, but last year the alarm was sounded as various specimens travelled to the Costa Blanca.

The Alicante government last year placed nets in the waters of popular beaches to keep out the jellyfish, and have been discussing the use of drones to keep swimmers safe.

The Portuguese man o’ war can be easily spotted by the buoyant sail it uses to move on the surface of the ocean.

Its tentacles, however, can reach 30 metres in length.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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