Monday, September 04, 2006

Crocodile Hunter...Steve Irwin dies

Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray barb through the heart while filming a new documentary on Monday. He died from "an extremely rare attack by a normally placid sea creature while he was diving on a reef off Port Douglas in northern Queensland filiming a documentary."

"He came over the top of a stingray and the stingray's barb went up and went into his chest and put a hole into his heart," Irwin's shocked manager John Stainton told reporters in Cairns.

A helicopter rushed paramedics to nearby Low Isles where Irwin was taken for treatment, but he was dead before they arrived, emergency officials said.

"It became clear fairly soon that he had non-survivable injuries," Dr. Ed O'Loughlin, who treated Irwin, told Nine Network television.

"He had a penetrating injury to the left front of his chest. He had lost his pulse and wasn't breathing," he said.

Irwin's death was likely only the third recorded fatal stingray attack in Australia, experts said. Irwin was 44. Prayers for his family, so very sad.

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Spud said...

So sad. I'm Australian and even though he was a bit crazy he did so much for wildlife conservation. A wonderful human being.

neal gardner said...