An American landscaper died on Thursday after he was attacked by a giant swarm of bees while hanging from a tree.
According to the independent, Franco Galvan Martinez of Texas disturbed a beehive while attempting to do landscaping in a garden. The 53-year-old was sitting on a ladder and hanging on to a harness tied to a tree when the situation took a terrifying turn.
Speak with KXAN NewsJoe Maldonado, an eyewitness to the incident, said Mr Martinez disrupted the hive while working at an Austin home and accidentally kicked the ladder out from under him. The insects then immediately began swarming and attacking the 53-year-old, and in the ensuing chaos, the landscaper got trapped in the air because of the harness.
“I think in [a] When he panicked and tried to knock the bees away from himself, he kicked the ladder,” Maldonado . said KXAN Newsfrom Independent† He added that the hive was “so gigantic” that it literally covered Mr. Martinez immediately.
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Mr Maldonado said two of the victim’s employees downstairs also tried to help the land scraper, but were eventually stabbed themselves. Emergency services were called to the scene, after which the firefighters used their hoses to remove the bees that were still swarming around Mr Martinez. However, Mr. Maldonado said, “For more than 10 minutes, they could only hear his (Mr. Martinez) fear.”
The man’s family and friends have confirmed an autopsy is underway. Mr. Martinez worked for Bill Biggadike & Associates, a Texas landscaping and lightning company. The company confirmed that one of its employees had died, but made no other comments.
Now the Austin Code Department, which handles matters like the treatment of beehives in the city, has been assigned the incident and an inspector will investigate the matter.
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Meanwhile, it is worth mentioning that in the event of a bee attack, according to a professional hive remover, you should keep moving and try to get inside or into a vehicle. In no case do not stop moving. From Independentprofessional hive removers have explained that after bees sting a person or animal, they release alarm pheromones that signal other bees to join the attack.