The boat captains, dive staff, sailing staff and a few others at the Florida Sea Base are required by law to be part of a random drug testing program. From time to time the company that we subscribe to shows up for random testing. Yesterday was the day. We did drug testing from 1400 until 2130.
As we were cleaning, packing, and trying to return the Registration Office back to its normal set-up, I was informed that the BSA Centennial Eagle was inbound from the night dive and was requesting that we have an ambulance standing by. So I called the boat by radio to get details to relay to EMS. One of the kids had gotten stung by a moon jelly and was having a serious panic attack. There were concerns that he might go into anaphylactic shock. Captain Rich, the paramedics and I met the boat when it arrived. After a half hour of sitting in the ambulance, the young man calmed down and decided he was okay. He was escorted to his room by his dive buddy, adult leader and divemaster. He took a long, hot shower and went to bed.
As I mentioned a week or two ago, we are experiencing an invasion of moon jellies that is very uncommon for this time of year. They do sting. But it is generally a mild sting that doesn’t last long. It is usually more of an aggravation than a medical emergency.
Officially, yesterday goes into the books as a good day; no one died and I didn’t poop my pants. (Those are the only two requirements for having a good day at the Florida Sea Base.) We dodged the weather, or more accurately, the weather dodged us. The divers went diving and the sailors sailed. I have no idea how many participants were stung by jellies yesterday, probably several. Most of them treated it like sunburn, an ocean vacation nuisance.
Invest 92 and 93 are still headed in our general direction. I do not care for the potential track of 93.
Stay tuned. We have about 16 days of scheduled program left.
Capt. Steve Willis
Aboard S/V Escape