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Australia Hit by Yet Another Beach Tragedy

Swimmer dies of heart attack after being stung by stingray
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 18, 2018 8:41 AM CST
A woman watches stingrays swim past, during a press tour of the AquaRio aquarium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.   (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)

(Newser) – A swimmer in Australia has died of a heart attack after he was stung by a stingray, reports the AP. Police say the 42-year-old man went into cardiac arrest on Saturday at Lauderdale Beach, east of Hobart in Tasmania, after he suffered a puncture wound close to shore. "He was removed from the water by friends prior to the arrival of emergency services," said Tasmanian police, per the Guardian. "He was unaccompanied in the water at the time of sustaining a puncture wound to his lower abdomen." The incident recalled the 2006 death of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin while filming an underwater scene for a television series, when a stingray's stinging barbs pierced his heart. Australia saw three shark attacks in seven weeks, including a fatal attack on Nov. 5. (Read more stingray stories.)

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