A 70-year-old Norwegian resident was found dead by a pathway in upper Riviera area of Mijas last Thursday evening. The Guardia Civil were notified after a local woman discovered the dead man with his t-shirt over his head and mutiple large bee stings all over his body.
Various patrols were then sent to the scene, the first being the Nature Protection Service (Seprona), who found clear indicators that the man's death had resulted from the bee stings. They discovered a bee farm that hosts 150 beehives 400 metres from where the body was found, which is where they believe the man was first stung before attempting to flee the swarm and eventually collapsing by the pathway.
Forensic tests have not yet been completed however the initial stages of the post-mortem, carried out at the Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) in Malaga, suggest the victim died of an anaphylactic shock after deadly levels of bee venom were found in his bloodstream.
Seprona agents are now investigating into whether the beehive farm in question fulfils the Junta's current legal requirements in regard to its location, signposting, and the number of beehives used for honey extraction. Current regulations state that bee farms must be located at least 400 metres away from large public spaces, 200 metres from houses and motorways, and at least 25 metres from country pathways. Signposts should be no smaller than 35x25 metres and should carry the warning “Atención, abejas” (Warning, bees) in large letters, and the legitimate size of a farm is dependent on its location in Andalucía.