Swimmer killed by stingray, two mauled by sharks in Australia

Lester Mason
November 20, 2018

An Australian man died after it was attacked by a stingray off a beach in Tasmania, the first known fatality of its kind in the area, authorities said on Sunday.

The man, whose name has not yet been released by police, died on Lauderdale Beach, 13 kilometres east of Hobart, Tasmania, at 3pm on Saturday from a cardiac arrest.

He had been swimming alone, and close to shore when the attack happened, police said.

Friends pulled him from the water but failed in attempts to resuscitate him.

Commonly found in tropical waters, stingrays are a flattish, diamond-shaped fish that rarely attack humans but their barbs, at the end of their tails, are coated in toxic venom which they use to defend themselves when threatened.


Police said investigations were continuing, but said the injury was "possibly inflicted by a marine animal" and added: "At this time the death is not considered suspicious".

Most injuries result from people stepping on them in shallow water and getting a barb in the ankle, experts say.

"It's a awful accident, I'm actually shocked", he said.

Stingrays are not considered risky, even though one killed Australian conservationist Steve Irwin in 2006.

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