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Saturday, 29 August 2020

Urgent warning for weekend walkers as man is bitten by a lethal DEATH adder snake on the New South Wales coast - before being forced to hobble for 20 minutes to beg for help

  • Bushwalker, 51, was bitten by a highly venomous death adder snake on Saturday
  •  He was on a remote walking trail near Seal Rocks on the NSW mid north coast 
  •  The man was stabilised and flown to hospital in Newcastle just after midday 
An urgent warning has been issued after a man was bitten by a toxic death adder snake on a remote walking trail.   
The bushwalker, 51, was on a popular walking track at Seal Rocks, on New South Wales' mid north coast, on Saturday when he was bitten by the highly venomous reptile. 
He was then forced to walk for 20 minutes to reach Treachery Camp Ground and get phone reception to contact emergency services.   
A bushwalker, 51, was bitten by a toxic death adder snake (pictured above) on a remote bushwalking trail near Seal Rocks, NSW mid north coast, on Saturday morning
A bushwalker, 51, was bitten by a toxic death adder snake (pictured above) on a remote bushwalking trail near Seal Rocks, NSW mid north coast, on Saturday morning 
The man was forced to walk for 20 minutes to find phone reception and contact emergency services. He was stabilised and airlifted to hospital in Newcastle (pictured, Seal Rocks)
The man was forced to walk for 20 minutes to find phone reception and contact emergency services. He was stabilised and airlifted to hospital in Newcastle (pictured, Seal Rocks)
Local Ambulance Paramedics arrived and began treating him before calling in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. 
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter service says it was sent to Seal Rocks to retrieve the 51-year-old man just after midday. 
He was stabilised by the critical care medical team and flown to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in a stable condition.
Death adder venom contains highly toxic neurotoxin which can cause paralysis or even death. 
It can deliver the fastest strike among all venomous snakes recorded in Australia and can kill a person within six hours after the bite.

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