Jellyfish sting kills German woman on Samui

Jellyfish sting kills German woman on Samui

Marks are seen on the leg of a German tourist who was killed by a box jellyfish sting on Koh Samui in Surat Thani on Tuesday night. SUPAPONG CHAOLAN
Marks are seen on the leg of a German tourist who was killed by a box jellyfish sting on Koh Samui in Surat Thani on Tuesday night. SUPAPONG CHAOLAN

A 20-year-old German woman died and her friend was injured after they were stung by box jellyfish while swimming at a beach on Koh Samui in Surat Thani on Tuesday night, police said yesterday.

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Box jellyfish sting kills German woman

Leading scientist calls for prevention measures

Supapong Chaolan and online reporters

A 20-year-old German woman died and her friend was injured after they were stung by box jellyfish while swimming at a beach on Koh Samui in Surat Thani on Tuesday night, police said yesterday.

Saskia Thies and her friend Giovana Rassi, also 20, were taken to Bangkok Samui Hospital after receiving first aid for the jellyfish attack. Thies succumbed to her injuries hours later.

It was the second deadly box jellyfish attack in Surat Thani this year.

Chayanan Surin, a 31-year-old woman from Bangkok, was stung and killed by a box jellyfish while swimming in the ocean at night during a full moon party on Koh Phangan in Surat Thani in early August.

According to police, the latest box jellyfish attack took place about 8pm on Tuesday when the two women went swimming at Lamai beach in tambon Mared.

Staff of the resort where they stayed heard loud screams from the beach and rushed to find the tourists who had suffered stings on their bodies. They called an ambulance and gave first aid to the victims by pouring vinegar onto the wounds.

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Meanwhile, a leading scientist has urged authorities to install submerged nets for protection against box jellyfish and to place warning signs on all beaches where it is reported that people have been stung by the deadly creatures.

Dr Charassri Angtanya, a fishery biologist at the Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Institute in Bangkok, also urged officials to supply bottles of vinegar for emergency use when first aid treatment is needed for swimmers who come into contact with the jellyfish.

Dr Charassri said there were 36 species of box jellyfish known around the world, of which some were poisonous and some were not. A study found certain species could produce venom more powerful than that of a cobra and could kill a person in between two and 15 minutes.

Dr Charassri said those giving help to people stung by box jellyfish would see whip-like marks on the person’s skin. After rescuing the injured person from the water, the rescuers must tell the person to stay still to prevent the venom from spreading and quickly get someone to call the 1669 medical emergency hotline. They should then flood the area with vinegar for at least 30 seconds.

Local officials led by Samui district chief Paiboon Omak yesterday discussed urgent measures to prevent box jellyfish attacks and reduce casualties among swimmers.

They initially agreed to ask business operators to keep vinegar ready for use and ask health officials to provide first-aid training for box jellyfish attacks to hotel staff.

Mr Paiboon said operators would also be asked to install stinger nets to prevent box jellyfish from entering enclosures and advise tourists to swim inside the enclosures only.

Jet Ski club president Withaya Suksom said yesterday he was alerted to a large number of box jellyfish near Lamai beach by club members on Tuesday and asked marine police and jet skiers to warn tourists to stay out of the sea.

He said he would ask resort and hotel operators to put up warning signs on beaches and advise tourists not to swim in the sea during this period as a precaution.

Since January this year, 12 people have been stung by jellyfish – four Thais and eight foreigners – while holidaying on Koh Samui.

Sophon Mekthon, chief of the Disease Control Department, said more than 900 tourists, both Thais and foreigners, have sought treatment for jellyfish stings over the past 15 years while swimming in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea.

Of them, 12 suffered fatal stings.

If a sting occurs, pouring vinegar on the area can deactivate the stinging cells, called nematocysts, and the victim's skin should not be rubbed.

Soda water can be used if vinegar is not available, but it is less effective, he said.

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Vocabulary

  • advise: to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation - แนะนำ, แจ้ง
  • alert: to tell someone in about a danger or problem so that they can take action to deal with it - เตือนภัย
  • ambulance : a vehicle for taking people to hospital - รถพยาบาล
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • available: that you can get, use, find or buy - มีอยู่, หาได้
  • biologist: a scientist who studies biology - นักชีววิทยา
  • casualty (noun): victim; someone/ something that has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a bad event such as a disaster or crime (casualties: the number of dead or injured) - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย; จำนวนคนตายหรือได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • coastal: of an area of land beside the sea - แนวชายฝั่งทะเล
  • cobra: a poisonous African or Asian snake that spreads out the skin on its neck when it is angry - งูเห่า
  • creature: anything that lives except plants - สิ่งมีชีวิต (คน, สัตว์)
  • deactivate (verb): to make something stop working - ทำให้ใช้การไม่ได้
  • deadly (adj): causing or likely to cause death - เป็นอันตรายถึงตายได้
  • effective: producing the result that was intended - ได้ผลดี
  • emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน
  • enclosure (noun): an area is surrounded by a fence or wall and is used for a particular purpose - สังเวียน, การกั้นรั้วล้อม, กรง
  • fatal: causing someone to die - ถึงตาย
  • first aid: simple medical treatment that is given to somebody before a doctor comes or before the person can be taken to a hospital - การปฐมพยาบาล
  • flood (verb): to cover with water or another liquid - ท่วม
  • hotline: a telephone number that people can call for information - โทรศัพท์สายตรงที่จัดไว้สำหรับเหตุเร่งด่วนหรือเฉพาะเรื่อง
  • initially: at first - ในเบื้องต้น
  • injured (adj): hurt in an accident, natural disaster, attack, etc. - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ
  • install: to put a piece of equipment somewhere and make it ready for use - ติดตั้ง
  • institute (noun): an organization that has a particular purpose, especially one that is connected with education or a particular profession; the building used by this organisation - สถาบัน,องค์การ,วิทยาลัย,สถาบันหนึ่งของมหาวิทยาลัย
  • jellyfish (noun): a sea creature with a body like jelly and long thin parts called tentacles that can give a sharp sting - แมงกะพรุน
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • marine: relating to the sea and creatures that live in it - เกี่ยวกับทะเล
  • mark: a small area of dirt, a spot or a cut on a surface that spoils its appearance - รอย
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • measure: a firm action taken to solve a problem or stop a dangerous unpleasant situation - มาตราการ
  • medical: connected with illness and injury and their treatment - ทางการแพทย์, ด้านการแพทย์, เกี่ยวกับการแพทย์
  • net (noun): material made of string, thread or wire twisted or tied together, with small spaces in between - แห, ตาข่าย
  • operator (noun): a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ
  • poisonous (adj): causing death or illness if swallowed or absorbed into the body - เป็นพิษ
  • pour (verb): to make a liquid or other substance flow from a container in a continuous stream, especially by holding the container at an angle - เท
  • precaution: an action taken to protect people or things against possible harm or trouble - การป้องกันไว้ก่อน
  • prevent (verb): to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, ป้องกัน, กัน, กีดขวาง
  • prevention: the act of preventing something, or things that people do in order to prevent something - การป้องกัน
  • protection: the act of protecting somebody/something; the state of being protected - การอารักขา, การปกป้อง
  • reduce: to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - ลดลง
  • rescue: to save a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - ช่วยชีวิต
  • research: a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it - การวิจัย
  • resources: things such as water, coal, trees and oil that exist in nature and can be used by people - ทรัพยากร
  • rub: to move your hand, or something such as a cloth, backwards and forwards over a surface while pressing firmly - นวด, ขัด
  • rush: to move or do something very quickly - รีบเร่ง, วิ่ง
  • scream (noun): crying or saying something loudly and usually on a high note, especially because of strong emotions such as fear, excitement or anger กรีดร้อง - เสียงกรีดร้อง, เสียงดังแสบแก้วหู
  • sought (past tense of seek): tried to get/do something; asked for something - พยายามได้, พยายามได้มา
  • species: a set of animals or plants in which the members have similar characteristics to each other and can breed with each other - พันธ์,จำพวก
  • spread: to gradually affect or cover a larger area - แพร่กระจาย
  • staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน
  • still: not moving or quiet - นิ่ง, เงียบ, สงบ
  • sting (verb): (past form "stung") if an insect, plant or animal stings, it produces a small but painful injury, usually with a poison, by brushing against the skin or making a very small hole under the skin - แมลงกัดต่อย
  • sting (noun): a wound that is made when an insect, a creature or a plant stings you - แผลถูกแมลงกัดต่อย
  • submerged: under water - จมน้ำ
  • succumbed: died -
  • suffer: to experience something very unpleasant or painful - ประสบ
  • treatment: the process of providing medical care - การรักษา
  • urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
  • urgent: needing to be dealt with immediately - ที่เร่งด่วน
  • victims : people who are killed injured or harmed in some way from an accident, natural disaster, crime, etc. - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
  • vinegar (noun): a sour liquid used in cooking - น้ำส้มสายชู มีรสเปรี้ยว
  • warning: an action or statement telling someone of a possible problem or danger - การเตือน
  • whip (noun): a long thin piece of rope or leather, attached to a handle, used for making animals move or punishing people - แส้, เครื่องมือสำหรับเฆี่ยน
  • wound: an injury in which your skin or flesh is damaged - บาดแผล
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