A woman suffered numerous stings Saturday after contact with a swarm of bees in Huntington Beach, authorities said.
The attack was reported at 9:07 a.m. near Garfield Avenue and Seapoint Street, Huntington Beach Fire Department Capt. Steve Teasdale said.
When firefighters arrived they found the woman, who had been stung multiple times and "had a large amount of bees tangled in (her) hair," Teasdale said.
One firefighter was stung multiple times while trying to help the woman, he said.
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Firefighters were able to free her from the bees after suppressing them with a water-foam mixture, Teasdale said.
The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of the stings but the firefighter did not require medical care, he said.
A search of the area failed to turn up an active hive, so it was not known whether there was a hive nearby or if it was a passing swarm, Teasdale said.
"If you come into contact with a swarm of bees or a bee hive, act calmly and leave the area quickly and quietly," he advised. "If you or anyone gets stung and needs medical treatment, please call 911."