A 16-year-old teenager has been killed by a killer fish on Spain’s Costa Brava whilst snorkelling
The 16-year-old male was pulled from the sea at Playa d’Aro on the Costa Brava but despite CPR, he died.
The death took place on Saturday around 4 pm Spanish local time and an initial post-mortem into the 16-year-old boy’s death has concluded he went into anaphylactic shock, possibly caused by the fish’s deadly poison.
The boy’s parents had raised the alarm their son had gone missing after going snorkelling but when sadly his body was dragged from the sea it had bite marks to the neck and various markings on his face not considered being a sign of drowning.
An autopsy has pointed to a fish sting being behind his death, although forensics are still awaiting toxicology test results to return before full confirmation.
Video footage has also been retrieved from a body cam which is being studied by the experts who feel the killer fish was a large weaver fish which carries a nasty poison.
Stings from a Weever fish are known to cause swelling as standard but also can cause a heart attack and are normally associated with the feet as the fish bury themselves in the sand and bathers tread on their poisonous spines.
The Spanish boy who died comes from Montagut i Oix, an inland area around an hour and a half’s drive from Playa d’Aro.
Although he has not been named, his parents have released a statement saying video handed to the Spanish police shows the deceased boy finding also a jellyfish 100 metres offshore.
The parents revealed: “While snorkelling in the area, he followed the jellyfish which “took him to a strange and colourful fish with a harmless-looking face”.
“He was only able to film it for 30 seconds from a distance and at the last second it disappeared and bit him around the jaw area.”
Local marine expert Juan Gomez told Global247news: ” There are hundreds if not thousands in the area at present, a sting can be very painful, it can bring tears to the eyes of a fully grown man, for one to actually bite though is rare but very possible”
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