RACQ Careflight Rescue helicopter, generic. Photo Contributed
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Woman airlifted to hospital after potentially deadly sting

UPDATE 8.15am: A GIRL stung by a suspected cone shell is expected to go home from hospital today.

A spokesperson from Rockhampton hospital confirmed the woman was currently still in hospital but was expected to be discharged this morning.

Rockhampton Hospital could not disclose patient information about the suspected sting.

INITIAL STORY: A TEENAGER has been airlifted to hospital after a close call with a potentially fatal marine animal sting on a Central Queensland island.

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue were tasked to Heron Island at 5pm yesterday to reports a 17-year-old girl had been sting by a cone shell.

The venom of a cone shell contains many different toxins that vary in their effects; some are extremely toxic.

The sting of small cones is no worse than a bee sting, but the sting of a few of the larger species of tropical cone snails can be serious, occasionally even fatal to humans.

It is unknown what type of cone shell the woman was stung by.

The girl was initially treated on the beach front of the island, 80km north-east of Gladstone by the flight crew critical care paramedic and doctor.

Once stabilised for flight, the teenager was flown to Rockhampton Hospital in a stable condition.

Rockhampton Hospital have been approached for an update on her condition.

More to come.