Two tourists have been stung by jellyfish in Broome within the past 24 hours.
The first occurred on a charter boat off Entrance Point on Sunday, with a second tourist stung while swimming between the flags at Cable Beach yesterday afternoon.
Irukandji stings are potentially fatal and more common during the wet season, although they have been known to occur through to late May.
Beach inspector Tim Trew says it is the first recorded sting at Cable Beach in about a year.
“Most people were pretty good – we set off the evacuation alarm on the beach and everyone came out of the water, so that was really good,” he said.
“Before we reopen the beach we’ll do a stinger net to see if there are any more irukandji in the water.
“If that comes up clear then we’ll reopen the beach for swimming.”