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Gardener killed when attacked by swarm of bees in Victoria

A young gardener has died after being stung by swarm of bees on a farm in country Victoria.

Steven Tingate, 27, had been working on a property run by the prestigious Royal Mail Hotel at Dunkeld, in western Victoria, when he was attacked at about 10am on Wednesday.

Mr Tingate, who has been described as an ‘all around great guy’ and a ‘top bloke’, was with a number of colleagues at a market garden when he was stung a number of times by the swarm of bees, according to a Facebook post by Ballan Bowling Club.

Young gardener Steven Tingate (pictured) died after being stung by swarm of bees on a farm in country Victoria on Wednesday morning

The 27-year-old gardener was described by local clubs as a 'top bloke' and 'all around great guy'

The 27-year-old gardener was described by local clubs as a ‘top bloke’ and ‘all around great guy’

Mr Tingate had been working on a property run by the prestigious Royal Mail Hotel at Dunkeld, (pictured) in western Victoria, when he was attacked at about 10am

Mr Tingate had been working on a property run by the prestigious Royal Mail Hotel at Dunkeld, (pictured) in western Victoria, when he was attacked at about 10am

‘Steven “Tangles” Tingate … was a very well known young man, high motivated and valued member of both the Ballan Bowling Club and the Ballan Football Club,’ the club wrote.

An ambulance was called and while colleagues tried to save him, Mr Tingate was unable to be resuscitated, reported 7 News.

‘He came to the club a few weeks ago telling us how he loved working at his new job and sadly today he hasn’t made it home from the places he was so happy at,’ the Ballan Bowling Club wrote. 

Victoria Police Sargent Kelly McNaughton told the publication the community was ‘absolutely devastated’ by the news that hit hard for the ‘tight-knit community’.

Mr Tingate was a ‘great volunteer’ at the Ballan Football Netball Club, a green keeper at the bowling club and loved all sports ‘from lawn bowls, soccer, NBA, and of course AFL’ the local football club shared on social media.

‘He will be a big loss for the community.’  

An ambulance was called and while colleagues tried to save him, Mr Tingate was unable to be resuscitated

An ambulance was called and while colleagues tried to save him, Mr Tingate was unable to be resuscitated

Victoria Police Sargent Kelly McNaughton told the publication the community was 'absolutely devastated' by the news that hit hard for the 'tight-knit community'

Victoria Police Sargent Kelly McNaughton told the publication the community was ‘absolutely devastated’ by the news that hit hard for the ‘tight-knit community’

Other friends and family shared memories of Mr Tingate on social media, describing him as someone who ‘always had a smile on his face’ and as the ‘joker’ and a ‘beautiful hearted boy’.

The Royal Mail Hotel general manager Mark Whitnell told Fairfax Media their new restaurant would be shut Wednesday night out of respect to Mr Tingate’s family and friends. 

Worksafe officers attended the scene and a report is being prepared for the coroner. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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