Watch: Rescuers aid swimmer Anna Wardley after jellyfish attack

BRAVE Anna Wardley shows the jellyfish stings that brought the first stage of her latest long-distance swim challenge to an agonising end.

Friday, 20th May 2016, 6:41 am
Updated Friday, 20th May 2016, 2:50 pm
Anna Wardley after being discharged from hospital after being stung by jellyfish during her Menorca swim

The experienced swimmer started the her first of three stages in a bid to swim from Menorca to mainland Spain this week.

But in the first stage of the Balearic Challenge she was stung by jellyfish and the swim was stopped so that she could be rushed to hospital.

The dramatic moment she was hauled from the sea was captured on video by her Balearic Challenge team.

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But the determined swimmer from Gosport was soon posing for pictures to show that she was still on her feet and says that and once she is feeling better, she will complete the 22-mile swim from Menorca to Majorca.

She was discharged from hospital yesterday afternoon and travelled back to the UK.

A member of Anna’s support crew said: ‘Anna appreciates very much the love and support from everyone.

‘Before this happened she was strong and steady, in good spirits and there was lots of laughs.

Anna Wardley after being discharged from hospital after being stung by jellyfish during her Menorca swim

‘She’ll look forward to collecting hugs from everyone soon.’

Anna had to be pulled from the water at 3.30am after suffering severe jellyfish stings to her arms and legs.

She was airlifted to hospital where she remained overnight.

This is the second time in recent weeks that Anna has been stung by jellyfish. In one of her final training sessions, she was hospitalised.

Anna Wardley swimming off Menorca

The 40-year-old said before the swim: ‘Just a week ago I was hospitalised due to a severe reaction to jellyfish stings sustained during my training.

‘I have trained for this for months. My mind, heart and soul are ready for this moment.’

Anna Wardley after being discharged from hospital after being stung by jellyfish during her Menorca swim
Anna Wardley swimming off Menorca