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Attack by bee swarm kills Sierra Vista man

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Posted: Monday, August 21, 2006 10:54 am | Updated: 4:18 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

SIERRA VISTA - A 39-year-old man died after a swarm of bees attacked him and his father. The two men were working on a roof Sunday when they accidentally disturbed a beehive.

While the father sought refuge inside the home, the son stayed outside to try to ward off the bees, said Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department.

The father was stung about 100 times, but his son was fatally stung about 300 times.

The father was in stable condition at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center on Sunday afternoon, Capas said. It was unclear whether the son died at the house or at the hospital.

Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters used foam to placate the angry bees. Two emergency workers were stung, but were OK, Capas said.

The sheriff’s department released a public service announcement warning those living in the area about the swarm.

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