A person in his 60s has died from a snake chew in central Queensland, after serving to to take away a snake which had coiled round his buddy’s leg.
Two males have been handled by the Queensland Ambulance Service in Koumala, a city 60km south of Mackay, shortly after 6.30pm on Saturday night.
They have been at Koumala State College, attending a celebration for the varsity’s 100-year anniversary.
The snake was coiled round one man’s leg, and the second man was bitten as he helped to take away it.
Claire Bertenshaw, the Queensland Ambulance Service’s performing deputy commissioner for operations south, mentioned the person had doubtless been bitten on the arm.
“There was a fast name for an ambulance and bystanders carried out CPR instantly as the person collapsed,” Bertenshaw mentioned at a press convention on Sunday.
The person who eliminated the snake was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived on the scene. They carried out CPR and used a defibrillator.
“Regardless of heroic measures by each the bystanders and the Queensland Ambulance Service, he was sadly unable to be revived and has handed away.”
The second man, additionally in his 60s, was transported to Mackay Base Hospital and is in a steady situation.
“The opposite fellow is nicely – he was taken to the hospital final evening. I can’t say with any certainty whether or not he was bitten or not,” Bertenshaw mentioned.
“My ideas are with the household and pals of the affected person who tragically misplaced their life final evening.”
Authorities are unsure of the species of the snake concerned. “From the signs that the affected person had, and the cardiac collapse, and it could be greater than doubtless a brown snake,” Bertenshaw mentioned.
There are seven venomous snake species present in central Queensland, together with the extremely venomous the jap brown snake and the coastal taipan.
Bertenshaw reiterated the primary assist steps individuals ought to take if bitten by a snake.
“We need to try to restrict the quantity that [any venom] strikes round your physique and what’s circulated round,” she mentioned. “It is advisable to lie down, keep nonetheless as potential, name for assist as shortly as potential.
“Have another person apply a stress mobilisation bandage to the affected limb – and that needs to be about as tight as you’ll do for a sprain – and simply await assist to reach. Try to keep as calm as potential.”