Bee attack sends two to hospital

Kimberly Rubio
Assistant editor
Two people were hospitalized Sunday afternoon after they were attacked by bees, enduring more than 15 minutes of stings as they waited for help to arrive. The incident happened approximately 15 miles north of Uvalde on Highway 55.
While a Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputy was the first to arrive, he was not able to get to the pair without protective gear.
Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department firefighters Mark Zamora and Mac McLaughlin, along with an emergency medical technician, saw the pair to safety.
“…They were both conscious when we got to them,” Zamora said, noting that the bees had already left the victims when the trio arrived at their side.
Although rescuers could not estimate how many stings the victims endured, fire chief Gene Ayala said, “When I saw him [the male victim] he was down to his underwear and he was red all over.”
The incident occurred in a subdivision just north of Chalk Bluff. It is not yet known what the pair was doing prior to the attack. The female victim was taken to Uvalde Memorial Hospital while the male was sent to University Hospital in San Antonio.


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