newsCO.com.au–Man killed by swarm of bees worked for prestigious Royal Mail Hotel

November 15, 2017

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Western Victoria’s famous Royal Mail Hotel has confirmed one of its staff members has died after he was attacked by a swarm of bees on a farm run by the restaurant. 

The 30-year-old man was working at the farm in Dunkeld at about 10am on Wednesday when he was stung by multiple bees. 

The man was with other staff members who tried to resuscitate him. He was a member of the Royal Mail Hotel’s farming staff.

Royal Mail Hotel general manager Mark Whitnell said the thoughts of everyone connected with the company were with their colleague’s loved ones.. 

“Tonight our new restaurant … will not operate. This is to pay respect to the family and friends and in support of our team,” Mr Whitnell said.

The farm is a “market garden” run by the Royal Mail Hotel, about one kilometre away from the award-winning restaurant. 

The man died at the scene after paramedics rushed to save him at the farm in Macarthurs Road. Police are preparing a report for the coroner. 

The Royal Mail Hotel is one of the state’s premier culinary destinations and its restaurant recently re-opened after a revamp.

It is owned by Melbourne-based QC Allan Myers. 

A University of Melbourne study into venomous bites and stings published in January found that hornets, wasps and bees have caused 27 deaths in Australia over the past 13 years. 

Some 42,000 people had been hospitalised due to venomous bites and stings in the same period, with a third of those for bee stings.

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