Several stung by jellyfish during swim race off North Carolina coast

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. — Several people were stung by jellyfish during a swimming event off the coast of North Carolina.

WWAY reported that it happened Saturday in Wrightsville Beach during the Wilmington Family YMCA and Cape Fear Aquatic Club’s annual Pier 2 Pier swim race.

Hundreds of competitors swim about two miles across the water in Wrightsville Beach for the annual event.

The amount of people who were stung has not been released. A YMCA spokesman said no one was taken to the hospital.

Volunteers sprayed participants with vinegar as they got out of the water to treat the jellyfish stings, according to WWAY.

There were also reports in July of several Portuguese men o’ war washing up on Wrightsville Beach.

Jellyfish stings often result in immediate pain and red, irritated marks on the skin. Some stings can cause whole-body illness, but the stings are rarely life-threatening.

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