British man, 23, dies after being bitten by a sea snake off Australia’s northern coast

  • A 23-year-old British national has died after being bitten by a sea snake 
  • The man was working aboard a fishing trawler off the Northern Territory coast
  • He was bitten while he was pulling up a net at about midday on Thursday 

A British backpacker has died after being bitten by a sea snake off Australia’s northern coast.

The 23-year-old man was working aboard a fishing trawler off the Northern Territory coast.

The young man was bitten by a sea snake while he was pulling up a net at about midday on Thursday. 

A British backpacker has died after being bitten by a sea snake off Australia’s northern coast (stock image)

CareFlight and other ships in the area tried to save the man by providing medical supplies for emergency treatment.

The trawler made its way to Borroloola, 50 kilometres upstream from the Gulf of Carpentaria, where the male was declared deceased.


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A Northern Territory police spokeswoman confirmed the British Embassy had been notified. 

‘Police will continue with their enquiries and a post mortem will be conducted,’ she said.

A Northern Territory police spokeswoman confirmed the British Embassy had been notified

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