A man has been taken to hospital after being bitten by a snake at Mossy Point at the weekend.
The man, aged 34, was bitten on lower leg while walking in the bush at the Mossy Point headland on Saturday, January 12.
After walking for several minutes to seek help, the Watersons, of Region X kayak hire, quickly leaped to his aid.
Kate Waterson said her husband, Josh, rendered first aid to the man, while she phoned triple zero.
“He walked towards us and sat down in front of the shed and immediately just said, ‘Can you call an ambulance, I’ve been bitten by a brown’,” Ms Waterson said.
“He’d walked for about four minutes, so by the time he got to us, he wasn’t in a great way.
“He was just in a lot of pain and breathing heavily.”
Ms Waterson said paramedics arrived just in time, before transporting the man to hospital.
She praised the actions of paramedics and her quick-thinking husband.
“Josh was incredible with his first aid and the paramedics were amazing – they just all took charge,” she said.
“It was quite frightening. There was a definite fang puncture wound – you could see the two red marks.”
While it was first thought the reptile responsible was a brown snake, Ms Waterson said a friend of the man had since reported it to be a tiger snake.
A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said three crews were called to the incident and treated the man at the scene for a suspected brown snake bite, before transporting him to Moruya Hospital in a stable condition.
How to treat a snake bite – NSW Health
In event of snakebite, swift administration of first aid is crucial.
Never interfere with the bite in any way.
Place a firm bandage to the limb commencing at the bite site, then going down to the fingers or toes and then up to the limb to the hip or shoulder.
Keep the limb still.
Call triple zero once first aid has been applied.