SANTA ANA (CBS) — Authorities say three men risked their own lives Thursday to save a man in a wheelchair who was attacked by a swarm of bees.

The man was in a junk yard at 2610 S. Cypress Ave. about noon when he apparently disturbed a nest of bees, Santa Ana Fire Capt. Steve Snyder said.

“He was attacked and stung over 60 times and had fallen out of the wheelchair and was yelling for help,” attracting the attention of three bystanders who ran to his aid, Snyder said.

The bee attack was so fierce that the three good Samaritans, all in their 40s, had to back off initially, but they dove back in to pull the other man to safety, Snyder said.

All four patients had difficulty breathing and suffered rashes, nausea and vomiting, Snyder said. Their injuries were serious and potentially life-threatening, the captain said.

Three of the men were transported to Coastal Community Hospital, including the man in the wheelchair, Snyder said. The fourth man was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana because Coastal Community was too stacked up with patients, he said.

The captain called the rescue “very impressive.”

“They probably saved his life,” he said.

The names of the men were not immediately available.

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Comments (9)
  1. Karen says:

    God bless them all. I pray for their speedy recovery.

    1. Get Well Soon says:

      I hope they all get better soon too. Nice to “see” you Karen, and your kind thoughts. Դուք չեք եղել այստեղ մի որոշ ժամանակ, եւ ես միշտ վայելել Ձեր կրթված պատասխանները. Հույսը է «տեսնել»: Դուք շուտով այլ հաղորդագրություններ.

  2. Red Meador says:

    The word “HERO” gets throwed around a lot like for cops fireman and military who are all just doing the gob they are getting paid to do, and probably looking at a big retirement check.

    These 3 guys are real

    1. Police Officers wife :) says:

      Police officers, firemen, fire-women, men and women in the military are heroes! The jobs they go to on a daily basis are dangerous and they don’t know if they will return safely to their family. No they are not looking at a big retirement check (That is completely false). They are living in reality in this sick world trying to protect the good people and the not so good people that make comments as such also known as cowards. You must not be an American. A true American would not belittle those in uniform that die for their country for our freedom and our safety. Shame on you. The men mentioned above that saved the man that was being attacked by bees were extremely brave and did in my opinion do a heroic act. They deserve recognition but by doing that you don’t have to be rude to our men and women in uniform. That was uncalled for.

  3. Timothy McGarry says:

    I know my wife is sleepin’ with the bees…

  4. dave thomas says:

    I have done the same from gang gangmembers to police foce’s.You can never lose by bieng a gentelman and assisting our handicaped community.

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