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Sunday, 13 August, 2000, 11:38 GMT 12:38 UK
Athletes feel the sting
Jellyfish
The jellyfish were in the sea off the east coast of Scotland
Five endurance athletes are recovering after a swarm of jellyfish stung them during a 1,500 metre swim off the East Lothian coast.

They were among 300 competitors taking part in the triathlon event at the weekend.

The jellyfish struck during the swimming round. Three of the five, who have not been named, were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary while a fourth declined medical assistance.

The fifth went to the hospital after feeling ill once arriving at his Edinburgh home.

The participants were due to take part the 1,500 swim, cycle 40K and run 10K as part of the British Grand Prix and a World cup qualifier.

Wife stepped in

John Whittaker, events organiser for the Scottish Triathlon Association, said: "The incidents happened during the swim off Gullane but we had adequate first aid and ambulances were on the scene quickly.

"One of the people stung was a doctor and he knew immediately what was happening. His wife, who is also a doctor, helped treat him.

"Others were taken to hospital in Edinburgh and we received word that two were ok. Two suffered shock after the stings and that can happen after a bee sting. We're awaiting word on them."

He added: "This event was held in the sea and these things happen. I took part in a race in Singapore 18 months ago and was stung about 400 times but I did not suffer a shock."

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