Seventeen persons, including eight children, were hospitalized last evening after coming into contact with poisonous fish while swimming in the sea off Mount Lavinia Beach. It is believed that the fish in question might be a species of jellyfish.
According to police, those admitted to hospital include seven adult males, two adult females, four male children and four female children. They are all being treated at the Kalubowila hospital. Mt. Lavinia police are investigating.