Jellyfish warning for travellers swimming in
Monday 01 September, 2014
Travellers visiting Thailand have been warned to be
vigilant when swimming or snorkelling in Thai waters due to the
season of Box Jellyfish.
Measures are being taken in all of
Thailand’s beach resorts to keep swimmers safe. Signs warning of the
dangers of jellyfish have been erected and First Aid stations have
been set up to deal with any person who might have been stung.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is asking tourists to be
extra careful, to remain aware and not take any risks by entering
waters where signs have been posted.
Marine biologists’ advice is
Keep looking all around when in the water and try
to swim with a partner. A sting can often immobilise a person,
making it difficult to swim back to shore alone.
Consider wearing protective swimwear like a rash
guard and swimming shoes.
Beware of seemingly dead jellyfish on the beach.
If they were recently beached, they can still
If in contact accidentally with a Box Jellyfish or get
stung, stay calm and try to remember to take these steps:
Take the injured from the sea and keep them stay
still in order to reduce the spread of poison.
Do not wash or scrub the affected area with water
or suntan creams, as this will merely aggravate the
Liberally apply vinegar to the affected area to
reduce the toxic response. Hotels, beach restaurants and diving
outfits around Thailand have been ordered to keep bottles of
vinegar easily accessible as part of their First Aid
Goat’s Foot Creeper, which only relieves the pain,
should be applied after using vinegar.
Use sand to cover the sting area and dry out any
In case the heart stops beating and there is no
pulse, CPR should be primarily done to the injured.
Do seek medical care if experiencing any ongoing
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While it is extremely rare for swimmers and divers in
Thailand to be stung by jellyfish, we do ask that everyone planning
to swim or dive, particularly in the south of the country, to be
aware that there may be jellyfish present. Do not swim if there are
warning signs and always make sure of the location of the nearest
First Aid centre before bathing.
Several species of jellyfish, mostly harmless, can be
found seasonally in Thailand. However, Box Jellyfish are initially
found off the beaches of Ko Lanta and Hat Nopparatthara – Mu Ko Phi
Phi National Marine Park off Krabi province, Nam Bo Bay in Phuket
province and often off Hua Hin and Cha-am Beaches in Phetchaburi
province, as well as Ko Tao in Chumphon province, Ko Samui, and Ko
Pha Ngan in Surat Thani province.
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