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Port St. Lucie woman, 79, attacked by honey bees

Posted at 8:36 PM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-28 18:33:18-05

PORT ST. LUCIE — A 79-year-old woman walking her dog was attacked by several honeybees Friday morning and was stung approximately 20 times in the face and hands, Port St. Lucie police said.

A 11:04 a.m., Port St. Lucie police went to the 700 block of Southwest Cashmere Boulevard, just south of Sunlight Christian Academy, for reports that a woman was attacked by honey bees.

She was walking Bailey, a yellow Labrador retriever, when she passed by a beehive in the bushes. The beehive had been there a few days with approximately 1,000 honey bees, PSL police said.

An unknown man helped the woman get away from the bees but left as police arrived because he had a plane to catch.

Rescue personnel transported the unidentified woman to a local hospital for treatment.

Officers later learned she was going to be fine.

Bailey, who also was stung a few times by the bees, also was in fine shape, according to Animal Control.

A local trapper relocated the beehive.

If you come in contact with a large swarm or hive of bees, PSL police urge you to call a licensed bee removal professional and if you get stung, seek medical attention.