Huntington Beach

Swarm of bees attacks, stings victims

A SWARM OF BEES attacked a person in Huntington Beach Saturday morning.

A large swarm of bees attacked a person in Huntington Beach Saturday morning, sending the victim to the hospital and requiring a rescue by firefighters.

According to the Huntington Beach Fire Department, the incident was reported at 9:07 a.m. in the area of Garfield Avenue and Seaport Drive. Arriving units found a person who had been stung multiple times and whose hair had “a large amount of bees tangled” therein.

In helping the victim, one HBPD firefighter was strung repeatedly. A second fire unit on the scene employed a water hose line mixed with foam, which suppressed the bees and kept them from flying about. The first bee sting victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment, while the firefighter didn’t require additional care.

A search of the area by public works employees didn’t turn up any active hives in the area; it’s unclear whether the bees were a passing swarm or were from an unseen beehive nearby.

The HBFD cautions people coming into contact with a swarm or a hive to calmly leave the area quickly and quietly. If stung and need medical treatment, call 9-1-1.

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