Two people injured by stingray stings at Florida beach


Two people were injured by stingray stings while in ankle-deep water at Daytona Beach, Florida officials said.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


A stingray impaled one beachgoer with a barb, and a second person was also stung while in ankle-deep water at Daytona Beach, a Florida official said.

Shortly after 11 a.m. on July 31, a 24-year-old woman from Maryland stepped on a stingray and got a partial barb stuck in the bottom of her left foot, according to Deputy Chief Tamra Malphurs, spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.

The woman told first responders that she hadn’t seen the stingray before she stepped on it. She was taken to a local hospital, and her injuries were not considered life-threatening, Malphurs wrote in an email.

Daytona Beach is about 270 miles north of Miami.

A 50-year-old man from South Carolina was also stung just before 11 a.m. in ankle-deep water. He said that a wave crashed and he “felt instant pain,” Malphurs wrote.

He did not see the stingray in the water, but first responders found a stingray puncture on his left ankle. He was also taken to a hospital with injuries that were deemed not life-threatening.

Both the man and the woman said they felt pain “shooting” up their legs when they were stung, according to Malphurs.

Stingrays are often found in coastal areas where water temperatures are mild, according to National Geographic. They spend much of their time partially buried in the sand.

The fish have sharp, serrated barbs at the ends of their tails that they use to defend against predators, according to Oceana. The barb can cause “severe pain” if stepped on by a person, but is not deadly.

Madeleine List is a McClatchy National Real-Time reporter. She has reported for the Cape Cod Times and the Providence Journal.

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