Swimmer dies in Australia after being stung by stingray

Elias Hubbard
November 20, 2018

A 42-year-old man has died after a suspected stingray attack off the Tasmanian coast, Australian police say.

Tasmania Police confirmed the man was stung on the abdomen while swimming at Lauderdale, about 13 kilometres east of Hobart, earlier this afternoon.

He was swimming alone and close to shore when the attack happened.

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

He had a puncture wound to his lower abdomen that police said was consistent with a stingray injury.

They ruled out that the incident was "shark-related".

Authorities will consider closing off the beach if advised, local council mayor Doug Chipman told reporters.

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

Tasmania Police said emergency services attended the south-eastern foreshore of Lauderdale Beach about 3pm today after reports of a swimmer in distress.

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.

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