A British tourist was bitten by a poisonous reptile on Fraser Island


When British tourist Ben booked a holiday to K’Gari (Fraser Island) with his partner Georgia, he hoped to get up close and personal with Australia’s unique wildlife.

But he never expected to be rushed to hospital after being bitten by an eastern brown, Australia’s second most venomous land snake.

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Ben told 9news.com.au that he rode the trainers up the sandy slopes to retrieve the device, but disaster struck on the trip down.

“I stepped on this dark thing that was pretty deep in the grass, it felt like a stabbing pain, I looked at my ankles and saw blood,” she said.

“When I got back to the truck and looked at my leg, I saw two teeth marks, and then all of a sudden, long grass, plus a spring snake bite.”

Ben said that he showed the bite mark to his fiancee, who was shocked.

Ben felt a sharp pain in his ankle as he descended the slope.
Ben felt a sharp pain in his ankle as he descended the slope. (TikTok: @Geebeetv)
Then he saw two holes perfectly spaced from each other.
Then he saw two holes perfectly spaced from each other. (TikTok: @geebeetv)
“We both sat there frozen for a second and quickly realized we had no signal to call anyone,” she said.

“It was there to come, so we couldn’t get ashore to go back. I put pressure on my ankle to stop the bleeding.”

Georgia sprang into action and ran to a neighboring camp and woke up a family to help.

“Immediately this lovely lady ran to me with a bite kit, told me not to move, wrapped the bite in a bandage, circled the bite and wrote the time of the bite on the bandage,” he said.

“They were told the day before that an eastern brown snake was found near the camp, so we had to move.

“Her husband and his girlfriend took me into the back of their new Landcruiser and drove us over the rocks and along the beach to the nearest emergency phone.”

The family gives Ben first aid and then waits while the helicopter tries to find a place to land.
The family gives Ben first aid and then waits while the helicopter tries to find a place to land. (TikTok: @geebeetv)

About 40 minutes later, Ben heard the distinct sound of a helicopter and knew help was coming.

But then a new problem appeared.

“The helicopter was unable to land at our parking lot due to maintenance work on the helipad and could not land on the beach due to high tide,” he explained.

“They circled overhead for a while before they decided to land on this sandy grass-level part of the beach and the guys drove me to meet the paramedics.

“The RACQ LifeFlight team were brilliant, keeping me calm and getting me onto the helicopter to prepare me for the flight to the mainland hospital.”

When the helicopter landed, paramedics rushed to treat Ben and he was soon airborne on his way to the hospital.
When the helicopter landed, paramedics rushed to treat Ben and he was soon airborne on his way to the hospital. (TikTok: @geebeetv)

As the helicopter was under power, Georgia remained on the island and Ben was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital.

“The helicopter landed and I was rushed to the emergency room, the snakebite procedure requires 12 hours of blood monitoring,” he said.

“They took blood and hooked me up to all the monitoring equipment.

“Both fangs hit the ankle bone perfectly so no venom was injected, lucky escape.”

Ben added that he suspected an eastern brown was still behind the bite due to recent sightings around camp and the distance between the teeth marks.

With snake season in full swing, Ben said he knew Australia’s venomous reptiles would pose a threat.

However, he admitted that he had three exits from the test.

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“I’ve watched nature shows all my life and I’m very used to keeping my mind to myself, especially in Australia,” she said.

“(But) three things to warn future travelers like me: If you’re bushwalking in Australia, wear thick high boots, always take a bite kit, and assume snakes are everywhere.

“Seriously, it doesn’t change my perspective on anything, but I love Australia and will continue to explore it.”

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