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First responders rescue Ansonia hiker attacked by bees — stung 10 times

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Can you imagine being attacked by bees and stung 10 times? That’s what happened to a woman who was hiking with a group last night in the woods at the Ansonia Nature Center.

“She was in bad shape,” said Ryan Hunt, Assistant Chief with Ansonia Rescue Medical Services. “She was really having a hard time breathing, she could barely talk to me. Her throat she said was closing.”

Assistant Chief Hunt was the first emergency worker to reach the woman after getting a 911 call for help. He says she was laying on the ground.

“It’s fortunate we got to her,” he said.

That woman had the most severe reaction to the bee strings. Crews treated her with an adult epi pen at the scene then rushed her to the hospital, along with the 4 others who were stung.

Assistant Chief Hunt says it’s a good thing they — and other nearby departments — train in those woods. It helped them to locate the group along a maze of trails. He also says the hikers may’ve inadvertenly stepped on wasp nests on one of those trails.

Many people on social media are praising the folks at Ansonia Rescue Medical Services for acting so fast and making sure all of the hikers got the medical attention they needed. They’re out of the woods and should be okay. 

“We are just extremely fortunate for the training that we have in the woods,” Hunt said. “Really kudos and thank you to our surrounding departments — Seymour ambulance was there who we train with regularly in these woods.”

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