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Oak Hills Man, 77, Attacked by Swarm of Bees, Airlifted in Critical Condition

OAK HILLS, Calif. ( A 77-year-old man was air flighted to a trauma center after he was attacked by a swarm of bees in Oak Hills.

On July 25, at 11:38 am, San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the 7400 block of Escondido Avenue reference a bee attack.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they located the elderly victim suffering life-threatening injuries as a result of the bee attack, officials said.

“He was stung dozens of times all over the body,” stated SB County Fire Public Information Officer Eric Sherwin.

An airship landed at Oak Hills High School and airlifted the man to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

A family member spoke with NBC4 news reporter Tony Shin, and said the elderly man remains in critical condition and “fighting for his life.”

Tony Shin reported the attack was caused by Africanized Bees, commonly known as killer bees.

Tony Shin will have a full-story on the incident today Tuesday, July 25, on NBC4 at 5:30 pm.

SAFETY MESSAGE courtesy of Eric Sherwin:

“If you come across a hive, do not disturb it, leave it alone and contact a qualified pest control company. Swarming bees that are moving from place to place are relatively docile because they don’t have a hive to protect. Once they set-up shop and start creating that hive that they are protecting the queen and the hive. Often times when we get bee swarms that are moving through the area we leave them undisturbed and they move off within a matter of minutes.”

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