Man dead of 'multiple stings' after attack by swarm of bees in Grampians

Gardener Steven Tingate died after being attacked by a swarm of bees.  Photo: Facebook/StevenTingate
Gardener Steven Tingate died after being attacked by a swarm of bees. Photo: Facebook/StevenTingate

Thursday 8am:

A flag will be flying at half-mast in the hometown of a young gardener killed by a swarm of bees while working for Dunkeld's Royal Mail Hotel as family and friends mourn an "all round great guy".

Tributes are flowing for Steven 'Tangles' Tingate who died on Wednesday morning after being attacked and stung multiple times in a produce garden run by the award-winning restaurant. 

Co-workers tried to revive him and an ambulance was called to the MacArthur Street property but he died at the scene. 

In Mr Tingate's hometown of Ballan, the local bowling club said they had the "heaviest of hearts" and would be flying the flag half-mast. 

"We are all saddened to hear of your passing, and hope your rest peacefully," the club posted on Facebook.

"RIP Buddy."

The club will be running a raffle night with all proceeds going to Mr Tingate's family. 

The Ballan Football Netball Club posted that the community would feel a big loss.

"You will be sorely missed by so many young man," they wrote. 

Friend Taylor Bryant also took to social media to post a tribute.

"What sad news rip mate was a pleasure to know you," he wrote. 

Mr Tingate had moved to the Southern Grampians town one year ago and had told people he loved his new job. 

The Royal Mail Hotel is one of the state's most popular dining destinations. General Manager Mark Whitnell said the thoughts of everyone connected with the company were with their colleague's loved ones.

"Tonight (Wednesday) our new restaurant ... will not operate. This is to pay respect to the family and friends and in support of our team," Mr Whitnell said.

Mr Tingate's death is being investigated by WorkSafe.

EARLIER: A man has died after being attacked by a swarm of bees at a farm in Victoria's west.

The  30-year-old was working at a property in Dunkeld on Wednesday when he was stung by multiple bees about 10am, a police spokeswoman said.

He died at the scene.

Worksafe investigators are at the scene of the incident on Macarthurs Road.

Police are preparing a report for the coroner.

- This story first appeared on The Age website