We got back from a Barrier Mission around
1400 and as I had slept the last 6 hours coming in I wasn't tired. Upon
squaring away my gear I put on my swim suit and jumped on my bicycle and
pedaled to the swimming beach, swam to the raft, did a running dive and
landed on a Portuguese Man-O-War.
Altho there is no electricity involved,
the poison shocked my nerves in that split second and I will swear I saw
sparks (Maneuvering Room Style) and felt a jolt like 110V. Immediately
I had a white welt 1" wide running from my upper left chest, around the
left side of my neck and curving down my back in an arc (sorta like one
of those tattoo's a drunken boat guy would get). I grabbed the jelly fish,
popped his blue sac and flung him off me.
Then I swam to shore, pedaled to "Sick
Bay" and a corpsman looked at it, hee'd and haw'd around for a while, then
handed me a tube of 1944 Sunburn Ointment. He told me that if I woke up
the next morning I would be OK.
Luke The Lid didadidadit