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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Couple stung 60 times by angry swarm of bees 'ran blindly into road'

Pat and Ann Kerley who were attacked by a swarm of bees in Co Louth
Pat and Ann Kerley who were attacked by a swarm of bees in Co Louth

A couple stung up to 60 times by an angry swarm of bees were lucky not to be seriously injured after running blindly into traffic trying to get away from their insect tormentors.

Pat and Ann Kerley, who are in their 50s, suffered multiple stings when the bees descended on them in Dundalk, Co Louth, last Friday.

Owenie Grimes, a local man who was driving past, came to the rescue after he saw the pair running through traffic.

He drove them to Louth County Hospital in Dundalk, from where they were transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

"We were just out walking along the inner relief road at the back of the Louth County Council offices at about 8pm when we were swarmed by bees," said Pat.

"We were covered by hundreds of them and we ran blindly into the busy road to try and get away from them but they were attached to us.

Running

"Ann fell and busted her lip and knee but I just dragged her up to keep her running. Cars and vans were swerving to avoid us as we tried to get away.

"My wife and I were stung about 30 times each, to our heads, necks and faces, but it could have been a lot worse if not for Owenie. He got us into his car and drove us to the Louth hospital.

"He put all the windows down in the car and we were swatting them out on the way to the hospital.

"I actually had one buzzing in my ear until we got there. An ambulance then brought us to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for treatment for all the stings.Thankfully neither of us had an allergic reaction and, apart from the shock, we were okay.

"We were a bit puffy from the stings, especially around the eyes. The staff of both hospitals were fantastic and, as for Owenie, if not for him, God knows how we would be now."

Warning

Pat added on Facebook: "Please be careful if walking in that area, especially with young children. We were pulling out little barbs from our skin that they had left behind for ages. It was as horrific as it sounds."

Pat has reported the incident to the local authorities.

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