A sting ray injured a man at Corio Bay yesterday
A sting ray injured a man at Corio Bay yesterday RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue

Sting ray sting highly unusual for Capricorn Coast waters

CRIKEY! That was close.

A 30-year-old Zilzie man is counting his lucky stars today after being stung on the leg by a stingray in Corio Bay on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service, the man, who was the first officialpatient to be handed over on the rooftop helipad at Rockhampton Hospital, was stung on his lower left leg after walking into the water to throw a net while fishing with his brother.

At 2.58pm the man landed at the hospital in a stable condition and left later that day.

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The barb of a stingray can produce venom which can be fatal to humans if it pierces the chest or abdomen area.

While a sting to the lower part of the body can be extremely painful, it isn't usually deadly.

Yeppoon Lifesaving Club president and local lifesaver Mark Gyynne said in the 10 years he'd been patrolling beaches he'd never come across a stingray attack.

"People getting stung by stingrays at Yeppoon beach is not something that happens very often, it's very rare," he said.

"They can come in close to the water's edge and are mostly found in those indentations in the sand when the tide goes out. There's a heap around Great Keppel Island but not so much Yeppoon.

"If you do get stung by one the important thing is to leave the barb in and not remove it.

"You should also place the effected part of the body in hot water and seek urgent medical attention."


Average life span in the wild: 15 to 25 years

Size: Can grow up to 2m

Weight: Up to 350kg

Did you know? Ancient Greek dentists used the venom from the stingray's spine as an anaesthetic