Diver Hospitalized, Stung By Venomous Lionfish Near Boca Raton

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BOCA RATON (CBSMiami/AP) — A diver, stung by a venomous lionfish near Boca Raton, is recovering in the hospital.

Assistant Chief Michael LaSalle of Boca Raton Fire Rescue tells local media the man was diving in about 100 feet of water when he was stung Thursday, felt tingling in his upper body and surfaced.

He says the man in his mid 50s was brought dockside and flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach because it has a hyperbaric chamber especially used to treat injured divers.

The man, who wasn’t immediately identified, was reported in stable condition.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says on its website that lionfish are non-native in Atlantic waters, have few predators and their venomous spines can be very painful.

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  1. Gerardo Uy says:

    Could their venom an answer to various cancer or other diseases?

  2. Earl Logan says:

    Someone dumped their pet lionfish into the water. Now the damned things have multiplied out of control around Florida. They are trying to come up with different ideas on how to get rid of them. Including of all things EATING them. These people and their damned exotic pets ought to be put in prison.

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