Stung tourist hails RACQ rescue chopper by writing in sand

The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter has praised the quick thinking of friends of a man stung by an Irukandji jellyfish off Whitsunday Island.

Friends of the 19 year old wrote a large ‘H’ in the sand, alerting rescuers to their location after the young man was stung on the neck earlier today.

The RACQ CQ Rescue crew had expected to have to winch the man from his boat before noticing the writing on the beach. The group had also set off an EPIRB and called triple zero for help.

The rescue crew was able to land on the beach to treat the victim, before transporting him to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.

RACQ CQ crew say an Irukandji sting can turn into burning and increasingly severe pain within half an hour of the initial sting and without urgent medical treatment could be fatal.