KOTA KINABALU: Five children were stung by jellyfish while swimming at the public beach in Tanjung Aru on Sunday.
The victims have been identified as brothers Mohd Afiq Syahmi Aziz, 12, and Mohd Afif Danis Aziz, 10, their cousin Rafiqi Aishy Ramadan, six, and two others — Mohd Harish Hafsham, eight, and Nurhana Batrisya Md Hisham, five.
Sabah Civil Defence Department director Kol Mulliadi al-Hamdi said the children were swimming and playing at the beach in the afternoon when they felt pains on their bodies.
“These incidents happened at two different times, the first two cases happened at about 12.30pm involving Mohd Harish and Nurhana,” he said.
He said Mohd Harish was stung on his stomach, chest, left arm and his back while Nurhana was stung on her arm and feet.
He said beach patrol rangers were dispatched to the scene following a report of the incident.
The department was alerted about the second incident at 2.40pm.
The three victims — Mohd Afiq, Mohd Afif and Rafiqi — were all stung on their backs and chests.
All the victims were treated with acetic acid before being taken to the hospital for further treatment. They are all in stable condition.