GT man in fatal bee attack

| 11/09/2008

(CNS): Police have now named the man who passed away after he was attacked by bees from a beehive in George Town yesterday. He was George Sherryl Whittaker, 74, of Fairbanks Road, the father of local boxer Charles Whittaker. Police say that the incident occured close to Whittaker’s own home where he was working when he struck the hive and the bees attacked; he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call at 2:55 pm on Wednesday, 10 September, from a member of the public reporting that a man was being attacked by bees on Fairbanks Road. The caller stated that some people had tried to help the man but could not get to him because of the bees. He said the man was lying on the ground and he did not know his condition. Medics, police and fire officers responded to the scene and found the man on the ground. He was taken to hospital for treatment but unfortunately passed away. The cause of death is not known at this time. The RCIPS sends its condolences to the relatives and friends of the victim.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    My sympathies and condolences to the family of this gentleman, may God Bless and keep you and comfort your heart in this tragic and sorrowful time.

    It is important to know that Bees only attack when people get near their beehive, wherever this gentleman was, the beehive is close by, and poses danger and threat to others who walk by the same spot.  The beehive needs to be removed.  Otto Watler offers beehive removal services without killing the bees as they capture the bees and take them to their beehive locations to market honey.  This needs to be resolved or someone else could possible be fatally injured also by these bees.  They will attack again to protect their beehive.  They will attack animals too, it’s not anything to be taken lightly, it’s very serious.