Brit backpacker dies from snake bite in Australia after SIX hour wait for medics

A backpacker asked, “Am I going to be all right?” just before he died from a sea snake bite, an inquest heard yesterday.

Harry Evans, 23, from Poole, Dorset, was bitten while working aboard an Australian prawn trawler in the Gulf of Carpentaria on October 4 last year.

Bournemouth Coroners Court heard skipper Nicholas Huard called for help but he lost consciousness by the time medics arrived six hours later.

The inquest continues.

The twin is the second person in Australian history to die from a sea snake bite, with the last death recorded in 1934.

First mate Chad Hastings said: “He asked me ‘will I be all right?’ and I was unsure but I was trying to calm him down so I said ‘you’ll be fine’.”

Skipper Nicholas Huard called for help and applied pressure to Harry’s wound but he lost consciousness by the time medics arrived six hours later.

Harry, from Poole, Dorset, flew to Australia in August 2018 after arranging to work on the fishing trawler through the skipper, who is a family relation.

His mum Sharon Evans told Bournemouth coroners court: “I have lost one of the two most important things in my life, my reason for everything and my purpose.

“George has lost his twin, his best friend, his constant companion who should have been there for life.”

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