Published: Tue, November 20, 2018

Swimmer dies after attack by stingray

Swimmer dies after attack by stingray

The 42-year-old man was swimming close to Lauderdale Beach in the southern island state of Tasmania when he suffered "a puncture wound to his lower abdomen", police said.

He was pulled from the water by friends, police said. "In the immediate period prior to his death the male had been bathing in the waters a short distance from the shore", police said in a statement.

Attempts by paramedics to resuscitate him were unsuccessful, and he died soon after.

The 42-year-old man, who has not been named, is thought to be the first person to die in this way since the television presenter Steve Irwin was killed more than a decade ago.

The beach, about 9 miles east of Hobart in Tasmania, is a popular swimming destination but also known to have smooth stingrays, the largest kind in Australia, and skates lurking in the water.

Commonly found in tropical waters, stingrays are a flattish, diamond-shaped fish that rarely attack humans.

"It's a terrible accident, I'm actually shocked", he said, adding: "My prayers go out to the family and friends of the man". "My prayers go out to the family and friends of the man", Chipman told ABC.

Cr Chipman said he's not aware of stingray injuries on Lauderdale Beach but council will take advice from police and local experts to determine the best course of action.

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