This is so terrifying.
A 23-year-old man died Thursday morning after being stung over 1,000 times by a swarm of attacking bees, according to Maricopa County, Arizona officials.
Alex Bestler was hiking with a female friend just before 9:00 a.m. at Usery Mountain Park in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa when, without warning, a swarm of bees descended upon him and began relentlessly stinging.
His friend was able to run to the safety of a bathroom, and from there she ran to call for help — but Bestler had already been overtaken by the swarm at that point.
Even the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office seemed surprised at the sudden attack:
“Without provocation or warning, a large swarm of bees descended on both of them as they continued on the trail.”
When rescue officials arrived, they tried to get the bees away from Bestler, but the aggressiveness of the swarm apparently made it difficult to free the man from his attackers.
After several minutes, first responders could finally come to Bestler’s aid, but it was too late — he was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke about the seriousness of bee attacks — particularly in Arizona, where several major notable attacks have occurred in recent months:
“These attacks are becoming more frequent and I urge the public to be aware of their surroundings when out in these areas.”
Regardless, what an awful and sad story. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bestler’s family, friends, and loved ones.
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