Johannesburg – A huge swarm of bees has ruined what was supposed to be a peaceful afternoon for a family in Mpumalanga.
The family of five were enjoying a Sunday afternoon drive through the veld in a natural area south of Nelspruit when they were attacked by bees.
The family, made up of a couple, two young daughters and an eldest daughter, are said to be in serious condition.
ER24 spokesman Ross Campbell said the bees invaded the vehicle through the open windows, causing the family to panic, stop and flee.
“The oldest girl, who is said to be around 12, ran to a nearby farm for help while being continuously bitten.
“The chief (older man) of the farm apparently sprayed her with water and told her to jump in the pool before calling for help.
“He then went down to see if he could find the others, but had to turn around because of the swarm of angry bees.
Campbell said an ER24 paramedic arrived at the scene at 6:15 p.m., dressed in his firefighter’s gear, while the two again tried to find the others. He said the father was heard screaming using a vlei, where he waded through the water with his toddler and baby in an attempt to escape the bees.
“Our doctor was able to get close enough to grab the baby and toddler and get back to the farm, handing them straight to the ambulance team who transported them to hospital. The eldest daughter had also been taken to hospital for further treatment. “
Campbell said more ER24 paramedics have been deployed to the natural realm. Arriving at the scene, they walked over to the vlei for the father and found the mother, who had run back to their car amid all the panic.
“(Both parents) were treated for hundreds of bee stings they suffered and were transported to Mediclinic Nelspruit to join their daughters and receive further emergency care.”
Campbell would not disclose the family’s status, citing privacy policies.
The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency said it was not aware of the incident and had yet to determine whether the attack took place in a public or private nature reserve.