Backpacker killed by sea snake in Australian waters

07 October, 2018, 12:52 | Author: Carlos George
  • Sea snake Ningaloo Reef Western Australia- iStock image

Officials say a British fisherman was bitten by a sea snake while working on a trawler off the northern Australian coast and died before a rescue helicopter could reach him.

The 23-year-old, who has not been named, was working on a fishing trawler 70 miles south of Groote Eylandt, an island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, when he was bitten.

"The Groote Eylandt health clinic and police responded to the trawler but unfortunately the male passed away at some point yesterday afternoon".

It is noted that death from the bite of sea snakes - a rare phenomenon, in spite of their deadly poison.

According to police, the boat was five hours from land when the incident took place.

All species are extremely venomous but most are considered to be non-aggressive and due to their limited contact with humans, bites are relatively rare.

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Another fisherman from Darwin reportedly almost had his finger amputated after being bitten by a sea snake earlier this year.

A British High Commission spokesperson said: "We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in the Northern Territory and are in contact with the Australian authorities".

Found in tropical and sub-tropical waters through south-east Asia, the western Pacific and northern Australia, they grow to between 120cm and 150cm but can get as long as three metres, and are considered to be non-aggressive.

"By and large they are very gentle animals, and people do go scuba diving with them all the time", Bryan Fry, a professor with the University of Queensland, told the BBC.

He was pulling up a fishing net when he was bitten.

The British Embassy has been notified of the death.

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