Flood rescue victim dies after snake bite

The Stephen's Banded python snake.
The Stephen's Banded python snake.

A KALANG man bitten by a highly venomous snake while isolated recently by floodwaters has died.

Bradley Hicks, 60, was transferred to John Hunter Hospital after being bitten by a Stephen's Banded python snake on March 3.

At the time the popular community member was left stranded by fast flowing flood waters while difficult terrain and torrential rain hampered efforts by SES and ambulance officers as well as a police rescue team to transport him to hospital to receive much needed assistance.

Attempts were made to task an air ambulance or helicopter to the scene but poor weather conditions prevented a rescue mission by air.

A funeral service is being held at Glennifer Community Church on Monday.

In lieu of floral tributes at the service, Mr Hicks family has asked that donations to the Kalang Rural Fire Brigade can be left at the church.

Topics:  ambulance death floods john hunter hospital kalang snake bite

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