Charleston beaches infested with stinging jellyfish

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina beachgoers seeking solace from the recent heat with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean are getting an unpleasant surprise in the form of jellyfish stings.

Charleston County parks safety manager Nikki Bowie told The Post and Courier of Charleston the number and severity of stings have been on the increase in the past week or so.

Bowie says the Isle of Palms north of the city of Charleston reported more than 300 stings in the past week and Folly Beach to the south of the city saw stings jump from 15 on Wednesday to 150 on Thursday.

Bowie says the county's beach parks typically see just a couple if any jellyfish stings in a month.

She says lifeguards are stocking up on vinegar to take some of the pain out of the stings.

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