BEACHGOERS were banned from the water along much of the Costa Blanca yesterday after the reappearance of venomous Portuguese Man O’Wars. An 11-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after being stung by one of the jellyfish-like creatures on one of the few beaches that remained open. The red flag was hoisted at La Marina beach near Elche after the youngster was hurt. Lifeguards removed the animal’s tentacles from his arm but he was taken to nearby Elche Hospital after complaining of stomach and neck pain. He was discharged a few hours later after receiving treatment. Local reports said nearly 75 miles of Costa Blanca coastline had been declared off limits. Only one beach is understood to have been kept open in Alicante and bathing allowed in part of San Juan beach a few miles further north on the stretch of coastline between El Campello near Alicante and Pilar de la Horadada south of Torrevieja. Brit-popular tourist resorts north of Alicante including Benidorm and Denia, where Portuguese Man O’Wars caused problems last month, were unaffected by the latest scare. But areas like Orihuela Costa further south were affected. Orihuela Town Hall tweeted yesterday in a direct message to beachgoers: “We ask you to… Read full this story
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