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Diver stung by venomous lionfish off Florida

A diver is recovering in the hospital after being stung by a venomous lionfish off Florida's Atlantic coast near Boca Raton.

Officials said the man was diving in about 100ft of water when he was stung on Thursday.

The man, who is in his mid-50s, was brought dockside and flown to St Mary's Medical Centre in West Palm Beach, which has a hyperbaric chamber used to treat injured divers.

The man, who has not been identified, is reportedly in stable condition.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said lionfish are non-native in Atlantic waters, have few predators and their venomous spines can be very painful.

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