Man dies after stingray attack in Tasmania

Elias Hubbard
November 18, 2018

A 42-year-old man has died of a heart attack after apparently being stung by a stingray while swimming off the Tasmania coast, police said.

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.

Friends dragged him onto the sand and attempted to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful.

Police said the attack was "consistent with (a stingray injury) but further investigation and examination of the deceased may be able to give a bit more of a concrete fact on that".

A witness told the ABC she could see a "number of paramedics" performing CPR on a man at Roches Beach, Lauderdale, just after 3:00pm.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said the council would consider closing the beach if advised.

'It's a terrible accident, I'm actually shocked'.

There have been, however, more reports of shark attacks in Australia recently and the Tasmanian police were keen to stress the Lauderdale Beach incident was not shark-related.

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

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