Man dies after stingray attack while swimming near Hobart

Evarado Alatorre
Noviembre 18, 2018

A swimmer has died after a stab to his stomach in a suspected stingray attack off an Australian beach, in a rare fatal encounter with the fish.

The 42-year-old went into cardiac arrest about 3pm on Saturday at Lauderdale Beach, east of Hobart, after he suffered a puncture wound to his lower abdomen, police say. The police statement did not name the man.

Friends pulled him from the water and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

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

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"It's 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", Tasmania Police Senior Constable Brett Bowering told the Sunday Tasmanian.

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.

"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".

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

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