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Stingray attack kills swimmer at popular tourist beach in Australia; Officials are now considering whether to close Lauderdale Beach in Tasmania as a result of the tragedy.

Byline: Dave Burke

A man has died after being stung by a stingray on an Australian beach.

He suffered a heart attack after the stingray punctured his abdomen, and friends dragged him from the water and desperately tried to resuscitate him.

Sadly the 42-year-old could not be saved.

The tragedy happened at Lauderdale Beach, in the southern state of Tasmania, on Saturday.

In a statement, Tasmania Police said: "Sadly police can confirm a 42-year-old man died at Lauderdale Beach this afternoon. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.

"An investigation is being conducted in relation to the man's death - initial indications are that he possibly died from a wound inflicted by a marine animal, although the incident is not shark related."

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The diamond-shaped fish rarely attack people, but they can be deadly as their tails are coated in venom.

In 2006 TV presenter and conservationalist Steve Irwin died aged 44 after a stingray pierced his heart while he was filming a documentary.

Officials are now considering whether the beach should be closed, and mayor Doug Chipman told ABC News he is taking expert advice.

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He said: "It's a dreadful accident, I'm actually shocked. My prayers go out to the family and friends of the man." "I'm not aware of any other stingray attacks on the beach there but we will be taking advice from the experts and from Tasmania Police in terms of public safety."

The man is understood to be a regular swimmer on the beach.

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The 42-year-old died after being stung by a stingray as he swam in Australia (file image)

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The tragedy happened on Lauderdale Beach in Australia (file image)

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Australian conservationalist Steve Irwin died in 2006 when his heart was pierced by a stingray

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Nov 18, 2018
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