Swimmer dies in Australia after being stung by stingray

Stingrays are non-aggressive but if frightened can react with great speed

Stingrays are non-aggressive but if frightened can react with great speed

Lauderdale, in Tasmania's south, has become the site of a rare tragedy after a man died following contact with a stingray.

A swimmer in Australia has died of a heart attack after he was stung by a stingray.

Only 17 fatal stingray attacks have been recorded worldwide, with the first reported Australian...

In a statement, Tasmania Police confirmed: "Emergency services attended the south-eastern foreshore of Lauderdale Beach in relation to a 42-year-old male in cardiac arrest". Smooth stingrays are considered not aggressive and seen by divers, the Australian Museum wrote on its website.

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'At times I've noticed three to four stingrays grouped in shallow waters at Roches Beach'.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said Saturday officials would consider closing the beach if necessary following the man's death.

"It's a terrible accident, I'm actually shocked", he said, adding: "My prayers go out to the family and friends of the man".

Cr Chipman said he's not aware of stingray injuries on Lauderdale Beach but council will take advice from police and local experts to determine the best course of action.

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