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Monday, September 4th 2006

Crikey!

This is really sad and terrible news. Steve Irwin, better known as The Crocodile Hunter, has been killed in an accident with a sting ray while shooting a documentary.

The Queensland Police Service has confirmed Mr Irwin’s death. In a statement, it said Mr Irwin collapsed after being stung by a sting ray at Batt Reef, off Port Douglas, about 11am.

After being struck, Mr Irwin’s crew called for medical treatment and
the Emergency Management Queensland Helicopter responded,
but he was dead before the treatment arrived.

The statement said Mr Irwin’s family has been advised.

His American-born wife Terri is reported to be trekking on Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.

A spokesman for the Queensland Ambulance Service said officers attended the scene on Low Isles via helicopter at 12.04pm today and arrived back in Cairns at 12.53pm.

“The area it was delivered to was the problem. A sting ray hit to the chest is a big problem,” he said.

The man was certainly known for his daring and close and personal interaction with wildlife. It is a shock to see someone with so much experience pass away in such an accident. We should keep his wife in prayers.

For more on how this could have happened I refer you here and here and here.

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