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Cebu mayor raises jellyfish alert after swimmer’s death

By: - Reporter / @nestleCDN
/ 05:15 AM June 28, 2023

STORY: Cebu mayor raises jellyfish alert after swimmer’s death

LETHAL STING | The municipal government of Santa Fe on Bantayan Island, Cebu, has warned the public against the health hazard posed by jellyfish, such as these two almost transparent marine creatures found on the beachfront waters of the town on Sunday, after a tourist died of a jellyfish sting, also on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of the Municipality of Santa Fe)

CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines — The town of Santa Fe on Bantayan Island in northern Cebu has cautioned people against the presence of jellyfish while swimming in their coastlines. In a statement released on Monday, Mayor Ithamar Espinosa said they were saddened by the death of a 31-year-old woman who was stung by a box jellyfish while swimming in the waters off Barangay Pooc, Santa Fe town, on Sunday afternoon.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased during this difficult time,” he said.


Leslie Ann Madronero, a visitor from Valencia town in Bohol province, died after she was stung by a box jellyfish while swimming in a public beach in Santa Fe around 2 p.m. on June 25. She was rushed by rescuers to the hospital but did not make it.


Be vigilant

Gaudencio Aroganza, a responder of the Sante Fe Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO), said Madronero suffered several jellyfish stings.

Maria Agnes de Leon, a vendor in the area, said a doctor and a nurse tried to apply first aid on the victim but to no avail. Espinosa appealed to beachgoers to “remain vigilant and follow safety guidelines when engaging in water activities and swimming.”

“The safety of residents and visitors is of utmost importance to us,” he said.

Espinosa earlier issued an advisory to the public to exercise caution when swimming because of the “jellyfish” season.He advised tourists not to touch the jellyfish, to keep away from it, and, if required, to use jellyfish repellents.

While most jellyfish stings are not life-threatening, Espinosa said they can cause discomfort, pain, and allergic reactions.

“Jellyfish can vary in size, shape, and severity of their stings. It is crucial to be aware of the potential risks and take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the public,” he said.


To avoid being stung by jellyfish, Espinosa advised the public to pay attention to the warning signs posted by the local government and wear protective clothing to cover the skin.

“Consider wearing a wetsuit or other protective clothing that covers your skin to minimize direct contact with jellyfish tentacles. This can provide a physical barrier and reduce the chances of getting stung,” he said.

First aid

Espinosa also advised the public to use jellyfish repellents recommended by experts to help prevent jellyfish from stinging them.

For those stung by jellyfish, one should seek immediate medical attention.

“Rinse the affected area with saltwater (avoid freshwater, as it may worsen the sting), and consider using a vinegar solution or a commercial jellyfish sting remedy if available. Do not rub the area or apply pressure, as it can release more venom,” Espinosa said.

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Santa Fe, known for its white sand beaches and pristine waters, is one of the three towns comprising Bantayan Island. The other towns are Bantayan and Madridejos.


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