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Boy dies as bees attack school group

2012-01-13 08:00

Queenstown - A 14-year-old boy died after he was stung by bees during a school hike in Queenstown on Thursday afternoon, the Eastern Cape health department said.

Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said the Grade 8 class was on a hike in a park when one of the boys disturbed a beehive.

The swarm attacked the group of 180 students and teachers, stinging 12.

"The boy who died was highly allergic to bees. He died at the scene."

The group was taken to the Queenstown private hospital and received treatment for the bee stings and dehydration.

Ninety-five of those admitted had been treated and discharged by 17:00.

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Comments
  • Xavier7034 - 2012-01-13 08:42

    So sad, at the age of 14 to be taken out by bees. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-13 08:48

    R.I.P. young man

  • marcel.malherbe - 2012-01-13 09:01

    all the old boys are thinking of you all!

  • John - 2012-01-13 10:09

    What a sad ending to such a happy day. Condolenses to the young man's family. Why is it that bees always seem to "attack" people who are allergic to their stings? I have never been stung by a bee yet a couple of my friends who are allergic have been stung whilst stood next to me.

  • Zyklon85 - 2012-01-13 15:14

    So sad. rest in peace fellow queenian

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