Irukandji sting closes three Broome beaches

Staff reportersBroome Advertiser
Entrance Point, Simpsons Beach and Reddell Beach were all closed to swimmers.
Camera IconEntrance Point, Simpsons Beach and Reddell Beach were all closed to swimmers. Credit: Jakeb Waddell

Three Broome beaches were closed for swimming this morning after a confirmed irukandji jellyfish sting.

Entrance Point, Simpsons Beach and Reddell Beach have been closed for 24-hours, with warning signs set to be in place for the next three days.

A statement released by the Shire of Broome said a person was stung at Entrance Point just after 5pm yesterday and treated at Broome Regional Hospital.

Shire of Broome acting health, emergency and ranger services manager Andrew Waters said it reinforced the need for taking precautions when entering the water for any reason.

“People should always be cautious when swimming, fishing in the water or launching boats, and take precautions including wearing stinger suits and carrying vinegar,” he said.

“Stings are most commonly recorded between November and May but have been recorded in all months of the year.”

Popular swimming spots Cable Beach and Gantheaume Point have not been affected by the closure.

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