British backpacker asked & # 39; it will be okay & # 39; after deadly sea snake bite
British backpacker, 23, killed by a sea snake bite while working on an Australian trawler asked: “Will I be okay? & # 39; before you lose consciousness
- Harry Evans worked aboard the trawler of Northern Territory last year
- The 23-year-old was bitten by what is supposed to be a black snake sea snake
- The first mate of the ship told the Englishman that he & # 39; okay & # 39; would be after the bite, the court heard
- Medical personnel were on board six hours later, but Mr. Evans could not be saved
An English backpacker who died after being bitten by a sea snake on a shrimp trawler asked "Will I be okay?" before you lose consciousness.
Harry Evans, 23, worked aboard the trawler about 75 km northeast of Bing Bong in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory when he was bitten on October 4 last year.
The first mate of the ship said he was unaware of the creature's danger – which is believed to be a black-striped sea snake – and told Mr. Evans that he & # 39; in order & # 39; after he was bitten at 8.30 a.m.
English backpacker Harry Evans (photo) who died after being bitten by a sea snake on a shrimp trawler, asked & # 39; before I lose consciousness
Harry Evans, 23, worked aboard the trawler about 75 km northeast of Bing Bong close to the remote island of Groote Eylandt (photo) in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory when he was bitten on October 4
& # 39; He (Harry) asked me & # 39; will be okay & # 39; and I wasn't sure, but I tried to calm him down, so I said & # 39; everything will be fine & # 39;, & # 39; the first mate Chad Hastings told an investigation on Tuesday.
Mr. Hastings said he only discovered how toxic the snakes were when he experienced the symptoms of the British worker, the NT News reported.
What is a sea snake with a black band?
There are 70 known species of the black-striped sea snake.
They are normally found near coral reefs in tropical and sub-tropical waters in the western Pacific Ocean and northern Australia.
Sea snake researcher at James Cook University, Dr. Blanche D & # 39; Anastasi, said it & # 39; generally very soft animals & # 39; goods.
Their poison is toxic, but the creature is largely described as non-aggressive
The skipper of the WA Seafood Exporters trawler Nicholas Huard made an emergency call and introduced a compression bandage, but Mr. Evans then started convulsing, the court heard.
By the time the medical staff arrived six hours later, he had lost consciousness and could not be saved.
In an emotional statement to the coroner, the mother of the British backpacker said that her son had stolen his future from him.
& # 39; I have lost one of the two most important things in my life, my reason for everything and my purpose, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; George has lost his twin, his best friend, his constant companion who should have been there for life. & # 39;
The court also heard that the skipper regretted not contacting the Englishman's mother when Mr. Evans' condition began to deteriorate.
The death of Mr. Evans is the second in Australian history due to a sea snake bite, the last of which was recorded in 1934.
The investigation will continue on Wednesday.
The first mate of the ship said he was unaware of the creature's danger – it was thought it was a black-striped sea snake – and told Mr. Evans (photo) that he & # 39; all right & # 39 ; after he was bitten at 8.30 am
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