Swarm of bees attack family near Amanzimtoti

06 February 2016 | From Arrive Alive

This afternoon I received a call from a man in the Doonside area of Amanzimtoti saying that a swarm of bees had attacked people at their home. As I  also farm with bees  I packed the gear in the car and raced to the scene. An ambulance and response vehicle was sent to the scene to stabilise the patients as soon as I could remove them to a safe area.

When I arrived at the scene I found that the fire department had arrived at the scene  and was putting on their fire gear and breathing apparatus masks to protect them from a frantic swarm of bees.

When we went towards the patient I found that her gran son had run to her assistance and after putting granny on his back  he put a blanket around them. Within a few meters though  the man had also received a few hundred stings and had to sit down on the ground.

We removed the patients to a safe area while firemen also kept a fine water spray on us to calm the bees. Once I got them to safety and was able to remove the blanket, I found that the granny literally sustained thousands of bee stings.

The paramedics arrived and together they worked fervently to stabilise the critically ill patients before they transported them to a provincial hospital for the care that she required. Reports from the scene indicate that children found the bees in a tyre and was throwing stones at it, as soon as the bees was disturbed they attacked the people, sadly the granny was walking past the area when this happened.

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