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A woman was stung more than 100 times after trying to help a friend who was swarmed by bees at a Laguna Woods golf course in one of at least two bee attacks in Southern California Tuesday.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. at the golf course at 24112 Moulton Parkway, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

The address corresponds to Clubhouse 2 at the 27-hole course at the Laguna Woods Village adult-living community.

A beehive underneath this irrigation box was disturbed, prompting bees to swarm on Oct. 6, 2015. (Credit: OCFA)

A beehive underneath this irrigation box was disturbed, prompting bees to swarm on Oct. 6, 2015. (Credit: OCFA)

After the hive was disturbed, a swarm attacked one woman, who was stung about 15 times. Her friend tried to swat the bees away but was instead stung about 50 times, according to Concialdi.

A Fire Authority spokesman at the scene later said the second woman was stung 105 times.

Responding firefighters used credit cards to remove stingers from the victims’ skin, the captain said.

The bees were in an irrigation box that a groundskeeper mowed over, according to fire Capt. Paul Holaday.

Also Tuesday, a crossing guard was attacked by "unusually aggressive" bees in Riverside at about 1:50 p.m., prompting a warning to nearby elementary school students to shelter in place, according to Riverside Fire Department Capt. Tim Odebralski.

Riverside police and firefighters donned protective gear to respond to a bee attack on Oct. 6, 2015. (Credit: Dan Cupido/Riverside Fire Department)

Riverside police and firefighters donned protective gear to respond to a bee attack on Oct. 6, 2015. (Credit: Dan Cupido/Riverside Fire Department)

The crossing guard, a woman in her 50s, was hospitalized in stable condition after the attack in the area of Bellavista Avenue and Harrison Street, near Harrison Elementary School. Responding police officers and firefighters were also stung, Odebralski said.

Vector control officers were looking for the hive and planned to remove the queen, he said.

The Tuesday incidents follow several other recent bee attacks in Southern California.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this article.

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