A man who endured nearly 100 bee stings in Hawkes Bay has
been discharged from hospital.
The 43-year-old man had stopped to check on the bees he had
been transporting in Putorino on Friday, only to have the
queen bee fly down the back of his shirt and the rest of them
fly in after it.
An ambulance taking a patient from Wairoa came across the
scene, as the man thrashed about with bees swarming all over
St John district operations manager Stephen Smith said: "The
bees were swarming around him and the queen bee had got into
his suit. He was telling the St John staff to stay away and
he told other motorists who stopped to help to stay away as
A passing logging truck stopped and the man jumped in and was
driven about 300m down the road away from the bees and where
paramedics were waiting.
"He suffered a huge build up of venom and was quite shocked
as well. The other bees just swarmed around him and the
"Luckily he isn't allergic. If you are, your throat can close
up and your tongue can swell."
The man was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital and was discharged
today, Newstalk ZB reported.