Bee swarm attacks Longview couple

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- A Longview couple is recovering after being attacked by a swarm of honey bees. Late Wednesday evening the man was mowing his lawn off Danciger road, when a swarm of around 200 bees overwhelmed him and his wife.

"It took a little bit more thinking and quick action to fight the bees and save this persons life," says Longview fire marshal Johnny Zachary.

The bees came from hives that homeowner permitted to be placed on his property. When emergency crews did arrive , the scene in the field looked like something out of a sci-fi horror picture.

"This scene was surreal in that we had a cloud of bees over the patient which is very scary because you have to get to this patient," Zachary says.

A neighbor tried to help as fire crews did the only thing known to be effective against bees.

"The firefighters had to fight the bees by using class a foam to subdue the bees in order to get to this patient," says Zachary.

The victims suffered hundreds of stings.

"With the amount of stings over 200 something stings the airway was becoming compromises from anaphylactic shock," he said.

Firefighters got their share of stings as well.

"One firefighter sustained 5 stings while other sustained 2 or 3 stings, they were getting stung in the attempt to rescue patients from this swarm of bees," Zachary says.

The couple was hospitalized for multiple stings, but have been released and we're told recovering just fine.

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