SAFETY HARBOR –– A group of tree trimmers went to the hospital Saturday after being stung by a horde of bees.
One of them, Ralph E. St. Peter, 44 of Hudson, was stung as many as 150 times, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
St. Peter and three other employees of Johnson Lawn and Landscape Service were cutting down a dead tree at 460 Third St. S. when the attack happened at about 1:45 p.m.
St. Peter was about 8 to 9 feet in the air on a safety rope when the bees were disturbed and started swarming him, officials said.
His fellow tree trimmers, 50-year-old Anthony Cimillo of Holiday and Michael Foster, 45, of Weeki Wachee, helped cut him down.
They also were stung, and taken to Mease Countryside. A fourth man, Lee J. Doble, 46, of Pinellas Park, was treated at the scene.
A St. Petersburg company, Tyoe Bee Removal Service, responded to exterminate the bees.