Hikers airlifted after being stung by hornets in Nantou County

Two people were airlifted from a mountain trail in Nantou County after three out of a group of four were stung by hornets, and one lost consciousness today.

The incident is just one of a spate of hornet attacks around Taiwan in the last few days.

The group, consisting of two couples in their 60s, called emergency services for help after being attacked by hornets on a trail near Wanda Creek at around 2:00 pm this afternoon.

An attempt to reach the group by helicopter failed due to bad weather conditions, and a team was dispatched to reach the group on foot.

However, due to the remote location, the ground crew was not expected to reach the hikers by nightfall. After weather conditions improved, a helicopter was dispatched at 5:43 pm.

Two of the hikers were airlifted to Ching Chuan Kang Airport where they were transferred to hospital by ambulance. The unconscious hiker has regained consciousness, according to reports.

The incident comes two days after a total of 22 hikers were stung on a section of trail in Yushan National Park. Eighteen of the people stung were taken to hospital.

The Nantou County Fire Department and national park personnel closed off the trail while the hornet nest was located and removed.

A trail in Yushan National Park is closed after hikers were stung by hornets.

Yesterday, July 21, a volunteer dispatched by the Taoyuan City Agriculture Bureau to clear an Asian giant hornet nest lost vital signs after being stung on the head by two of the hornets, according to a report in Liberty Times.

Mr Luo, 41, was not wearing protective clothing at the time of the attack, according to the report.

Luo regained vital signs after on-site emergency rescue treatment.

On Sunday July 20, a firefighter sought medical treatment after being stung on the finger while removing a hornet nest in Penghu County.

Asian Giant Hornet nest.
A hornet’s nest in Penghu County. One firefighter was stung while removing the nest, located in a popular park near a children’s playgound.
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