Three Spanish beaches on the Costa Blanca CLOSED after mysterious fish bites two children | World | New

A seven-year-old child was taken to hospital after suffering three nasty foot bites around 5.30pm yesterday on El Pinet beach in Elche. Half an hour later, a 10-year-old was injured by a creature believed to be the same fish on the same beach half an hour’s drive south of Alicante. Local police and lifeguards decided to close the beach and two nearby – La Marina and El Rebollo from around 6.30pm.

Elche town hall was due to decide early this morning to remove the red flag and allow tourists and residents to return to the water after testing to see if the bites contained poison.

The nationality of the two children who required medical attention has not been disclosed.

El Pinet is a beach south of the municipality of Elche on an impressive strip of dunes.

It is a little over a mile long and part of the beach is occupied by villas and restaurants.

In June, three beaches were temporarily closed in the Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm after seven people were stung by Portuguese Men O’War and two of the jellyfish-like creatures were spotted.

The first was found on Mal Pas Beach, a small cove between the city’s main beaches, and the second was found on the famous Levante Beach.

The bites suffered by the bathers were said to have been “minor”, although five of the seven people were taken to hospital. It is not known whether some were British or Irish.

Earlier that month, a woman was left with excruciating marks all over her body after being stung by one of the creatures.

Naomi Mateos, 22, was swimming on Puntas de Calnegre beach in Lorca, when she became “paralyzed” from a sharp bite.

She said after a two day hospital stay: “I felt like fire or acid was injected into my body.”

The three beaches closed in Elche after two children were bitten by a mystery fish, have now reopened.

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