Father And Son Attacked By Swarm Of Yellow Jackets
Altamonte Springs, Fla.-WOFL)A father and son are in the hospital recovering after they were attacked by yellow jackets while walking their dog.
Neighbors said the father and son were walking along the Little Wekiva River, within the 700 block of Mahogany Lane, in Altamonte Springs, Florida, on Wednesday.
Jim Kunze, who happens to be a beekeeper, lives nearby.
"My belief is the dog probably ran ahead of them, stirred up the nest," said Kunze. "That's what made them get attacked so viciously."
The beekeeper said the pair started screaming. He said he suspected they were being attacked by wasps, because he saw signs of a nest in the area. He quickly hopped into his truck and drove over to help.
Kunze said he found both nearly unconscious. He threw on his bee outfit and then jumped out of his vehicle.
"I put the son in my truck for the AC," said Kunze. "I knocked on the neighbor's door. I had them call for help."
FOX 35 obtained a copy of the 911 call.
"I was just driving down the road and two people just came out of the woods, covered in bees and yelling for help," said the caller.
The caller added, "I'm in my vehicle. I closed my windows because they're swarming everywhere."
Kunze said the pair had been stung all over their bodies.
"They had massive welts everywhere," said Kunze. "There was not one square inch of clean skin anywhere. It was hundreds and hundreds of stings."
Paramedics arrived at the scene about 7:41 p.m., minutes after they were called.
The child was taken to Florida Hospital, and is now in good condition. The father was taken to a separate hospital. Kunze believes the dog ran home.
Kunze believes at least 50,000 yellow jackets were in the nest. He plans to return to the scene soon to remove it.
Kunze advises people to be aware of their surroundings when they're outside. But what should you do if you accidentally disturn a nest?
"Run, hopefully indoors, a vehicle or something," said Kunze. "But in the process go around things. Try not to stay in a straight line."