An skilled sea swimmer who trains in Portmarnon and Malahide has warned fellow swimmers of the hazards related to the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish which have invaded Fingal’s shores in latest days.
atrick Corkery has some painful, private expertise of encounters with the dreaded jellyfish, as he defined to the Fingal Unbiased: ‘I practice 12 months spherical at Excessive Rock Portmarnock and Low Rock in Malahide.
‘I’m an English Channel swimmer who partakes in pool and sea races in addition to longer marathon swims.
‘Our sea swim races at Portmarnock seaside and Low Rock have all been cancelled this 12 months as a consequence of Covid and certainly subsequent week’s deliberate Liffey Swim is now in deferred and unsure.
‘Fortunately, I used to be in a position to full a marathon swim final week, a 12.5km circumnavigation of Bull Island (a primary), simply earlier than the jellyfish arrived.’
However he has not all the time been so fortunate in avoiding the jellyfish. He defined: ‘With regard to the Lions Mane jellyfish infestation alongside the coast this week, I’ve been stung by these plenty of occasions.
‘With swimming pools restricted, I’ve been swimming a number of occasions per week over the previous couple of months up and down the coast between Low Rock and Portmarnock seaside, and I’ve seen them on 5 or 6 events this summer season and managed to keep away from all however one among them.
‘The ache was fairly extreme and lasted about six hours, even after taking an antihistamine tablets and ache killers.
‘Whereas sea water fairly than recent water is at the moment really helpful as a remedy, as soon as at residence scorching water is then used to attempt to draw the hundreds of barbs out of the pores and skin, which shouldn’t be rubbed both.’
Patrick defined: ‘The Lions Mane are large ranging in measurement from dinner plate to bin lid in circumference and so they can appear as if a giant messy clump, with net-curtain-like tentacles.
‘The tentacles might be as much as 20 or 30 metres lengthy typically, so usually it’s the one which you do not see that may sting you.
‘Two years in the past throughout a Leinster Open Sea race in Low Rock, I bought plenty of significantly nasty stings that necessitated an in a single day keep in A&E as a result of severity of the response.
‘The ache was as if knives had been stabbing my ft and electrical pulses had been inflicting them to twitch and bounce involuntarily. The pores and skin on my face felt like glass shards over sunburn.’
The ocean swimmer mentioned: ‘In 2014 throughout an 11-hour swim try on the North Channel from Northern Eire to Scotland, I used to be stung regularly by Lions Mane jellyfish, however was persevering with the swim, regardless.
‘What I did not realise is that whereas I may put up with the stings on the surface of the physique, I used to be not conscious of what impact it was having on the inner organs.
‘Whereas sea water is without doubt one of the remedies, which means by staying within the sea to proceed with the swim, it may well ease the ache, it additionally meant leaving me open to additional stings.
‘The outcome was that they congealed my blood leading to large pulmonary embolisms (blood clots on the lungs) the dimensions of satsumas, which ultimately led to a pulmonary endarterectomy (double open lung surgical procedure) to filter out the clots.’
Undaunted, he returned 20 months after surgical procedure and swam the English Channel in 2017.
Patrick mentioned: ‘Whereas I’ve a wholesome respect for them, it does not stop me from persevering with my sea swimming profession. However an infestation like this week, may lead me to attend a couple of days till they’re washed away once more.
‘Again within the 90s, I used to be a lifeguard on Rush South seaside and in addition on the Burrow Highway seaside at Sutton for 4 seasons. One morning we arrived right down to the seaside in Sutton to seek out these large jellyfish had washed up in a single day. I recall the had been virtually 5 ft in diameter. They hadn’t been within the water the day earlier than, nor the day after, they simply washed up on the tide, presumably with a northerly wind helping. An infestation this week, whereas stunning, is fortunately uncommon.’
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